Emotional Wainwright ecstatic to sign contract extension with Cards

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by Brian Feldman / BaseballSTL

KMOV.com

Posted on March 28, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 28 at 2:26 PM

JUPITER, Fla (BaseballSTL) -- He made it clear he didn’t think he’d be able to make it through speaking without choking up and “crying like a baby”.  And he was right.

 

Adam Wainwright, talking for the first time since signing a five year contract worth - reportedly - $97.5 million, broke down multiple times with his family and friends surrounding him.

“I just always hoped this would happen.  I feel like my heart is in St. Louis,” Wainwright said. “I love it here. I love driving to the field and seeing the arch. It’s a treat to work there everyday.”

He says the people he sees and interacts with on a daily basis are key to his happiness.

“I’m so proud to be a St. Louis Cardinal.  I’m so proud to call these guys my teammates. Some of my best friends in the world are on this team. Some of the reasons why I continue to grow as a man are (on this team),” Wainwright said.

The 31-year old is signed through the 2018 season and cites his history as a reason he wanted to do so.

“In 2011 after we won the World Series, I remember wanting to stand up and say ‘thank you for letting me be a part of the whole experience’. I didn’t get to pitch a single game but I still felt like I was a part of what was going on there because they made me feel loved and embraced me.”

 

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