ST. LOUIS–Not long after the Cardinals recorded the final out in Tuesday night’s Wild Card clinching win over the Milwaukee Brewers, the goggles came on, the playoff merch was unboxed and the Busch Stadium infield turf turned into a big party.
But it wasn’t just the players, coaches and staff acting like kids. Wives, girlfriends and children joined in the fun.
Former Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds, now a team broadcaster, credited the DeWitt family ownership group for making it a family affair.
As Adam Wainwright said after the game Tuesday, there’s hope for more reason to celebrate at least four more clinchers before the Cardinals’ 2021 script is finished.
Wednesday afternoon, Cardinals manager Mike Shildt reflected on the importance families have played in the team’s success, and why celebrating with them was special, particularly in these times.
“COVID has been a real son of a gun for everybody….But it was just nice to see the kids and the families and the wives and get them to enjoy that moment and of course the fans being there with us too,” Shildt said.