Today is a huge day for St. Louis Cardinals fans everywhere: it’s Carp Day. As in Chris Carpenter, the ace who had “season-ending” surgery on July 19 to alleviate a nerve condition that kept him from pitching and, oh yeah, involved removing one of his ribs (which he kept for his daughter) is making his season debut this afternoon at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
To say Cards fans are excited at the return of the team’s leader is an understatement. As soon as I heard the news, I scheduled the day off and bought a ticket so I could drive three hours to be there. I am far from alone in making the trek to Chicago.
With all of that, who else is better suited to be this week’s designated hotter? Because, yes, Chris Carpenter is rather nice to look at as well. Enjoy!
Congratulations to Chris on making it back this season, and best of luck today.
Christine Coleman is the senior St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.