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January 26: Thinking of Baseball Once Again January 26, 2015

Posted by Christine Coleman in Baseball, Photography.
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During these long winter days at work leading up to next month’s convention, it’s no surprise that thinking about baseball helps. And who better to think of today than my favorite Cardinal?

Chris Carpenter was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame yesterday, which I read about here. As always when reading something about his career, the amount of injuries and number of surgeries he had are mentioned — and make me wonder once more what his success would have been without the three elbow, two shoulder and one rib removal surgeries that caused him to miss nearly five seasons yet win three Comeback Player of the Year awards.

This photo is following the last of those surgeries, the rib removal to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome. It was supposed to be season-ending, after surgery on July 19, 2012. This photo was on Sept. 21, his first pitch of the season.

It was a rainy and cool Friday afternoon that ultimately ended miserably — though it was no fault of his. That was the second time I saw him pitch in person, with the first a one-hit, 99-pitch complete game shutout on Labor Day 2009 in Milwaukee.

Give what it took for him to reach the Wrigley Field pitchers mound that day, I’m not sure which game was more impressive.