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Losing with Players You Love vs. Winning Without Them

An age of legends for the is ending.

Adam Wainwright, Cardinals fan favorite, future team Hall of Famer, future Hall of Fame broadcaster, and owner of 200 MLB wins is heading off into the sunset of retirement at the end of this weekend.

He’ll hopefully get to do so swinging the bat one more time. (And why not? He has 4.3 career offensive bWAR over his 17 seasons and 846 ABs.) He’s also going to perform his own original country music songs for 40,000 adoring fans.

Wainwright is such a beloved personality – and the season is going so poorly – that the Cardinals are willing to let a pitcher hit in the DH era and then play country music on the stage once occupied by Paul McCartney.