ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - A surprise announcement from the St. Louis Cardinals, Tuesday: Cardinals pitching ace, Chris Carpenter's, will not pitch this season; a recurring nerve-shoulder injury, will likely mean the end of his playing career.
Carpenter told the team he was he feeling 'zingers', numbness, and inflammation as he started throwing in preparation for Spring Training next week.
In the eyes of his teammates, and the fans, "Carp" is worthy of statue out with the rest of the Hall of Famers outside of Busch Stadium, even though injuries kept him from having career Hall of Fame numbers.
Fans were feeling sorry for him and for themselves, too.
The Cardinals brass walked into the news conference with that 'bad news walking' look.
They had to break it to the rest of us.
General Manager, John Mozeliak, said he did not expect Carpent to pitch again.
'I think he still is Hall of Fame,' said Cardinals fan, Kim Schlau.
'The fire, the fire, he brings to the game [is what he`s known for most], that`s what anyone would say. The fire he brings to the game is unmatched,' said Cardinals fan, Andy Miles.
'Just the game he pitched against [the Phillies Roy] Halliday. What a bull dog effort !
Phenomenal, never forget it,' said Cardinals Fan, Joe Spooner.
The 'Carp' glare and stare from the mound said it all; shutting out the favored Phillies and their ace, Roy Halliday, in Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS; striking out upstart outfielder, Nyger Morgan, of the rival Brewers during the 2011 playoff chase, then telling him to shut his mouth and sit down as he cursed Carpenter, tossing his tobacco towards him as he stomped to the dugout.
'He`s a warrior .. an animal !' teammate, David Freese said after that Phillies game in 2011.
Carpenter always seemed to set the tone for his team.
He seemed a true 'home towner.
'I love Carp because he`s a big Blues fan, played hockey too, when he was younger. So he`s a great athlete,' Spooner said. 'Just gutsy, just give it 100% all the time.'
'There`s so many memories of this guy. He`s just been so amazing for the Cardinals, just amazing. He will always be a Cardinal,' Schlau.
'He`s a Cardinal until he dies,' said Miles.
Cardinals Chris Carpenter Will Not Pitch During 2013