Here’s your feel good story of the week. Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals is actually a pretty good guy. Not that we should be shocked, but you don’t hear about this kind of good deed every day in professional sports.
Waino got word (or sight) of a Cardinals pitching prospect who’s been getting around camp without a car. Ryan Sherriff would make the 10-15 minute walk to the facilities every day. This sounds brutal, but we all know that minor leaguers who didn’t come into the organization with a massive signing bonus, often can’t even afford a car to get around. Reports say Wainwright reached out to Sherriff and offered to pay for a car or bike, but the minor leaguer politely declined. Wainwright wasn’t satisfied with that answer.
Why a team employee needed his license was never explained until later in the day, when Sherriff’s phone rang. It was, he said, from a St. Louis area code. One of the clubbies was calling to tell him a Nissan Altima rental car had been delivered for him at the ballpark, all expenses paid.
“Waino got me a rental car,” Sherriff explained. “I freaked out a little bit. I started crying. I called my mom, and she started crying. Really, I’ve never had that experience. No one has ever done something so nice for me before.”
Wainwright told Derrick Goold that Mark Mulder did something similar for him back when Waino was new to camp, and he was just paying it forward. Wainwright is on a 5 year $97,500,000 contract with the Cardinals. Money well spent.