Adam Wainwright Pays for a Car for Cardinals Prospect

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Adam Wainwright Ryan Sherriff

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.”

-Derrick Goold, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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.