Cardinal legends take a moment to enjoy cheering: ‘Nothing short of magic’

ST. LOUIS – There they stood in front of home plate, donning traditional white home uniforms, cleats dug into the ground at Busch Stadium, hats tossed at the crowd.

On a sunny fall day at Busch Stadium, about an hour before the Cardinals kicked off their final regular-season home game of the year, a decade-long ceremony began. For years, Yadier Molina and Albert Pujols have enchanted baseball, propelled a team forward and transformed a sport in ways only legends can. For years, they’ve crafted their own highlights and comeback stories, chronicling the highs, lows, and everything in between that accompany Hall of Fame-caliber careers.

They were even lucky enough to work out how it will end. After signing a one-year contract extension last August, Molina declared the 2022 season would be his last, ending a 19-year career that included 10 All-Star selections, nine Gold Glove Awards and two World Series Championships. When Pujols signed a one-year contract during free agency that spring and reunited with the Cardinals after 10 seasons, he did so on the premise that the 2022 season would also be his last. The three-time National League MVP and 11-time All-Star ended his career at the organization where he started in the city where he became one of the sport’s biggest superstars, cementing his smooth right swing as one of the best of them all times. Cardinal legends take a moment to enjoy cheering: ‘Nothing short of magic’

John Verrall

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