The day is finally here. I say finally, but he wasn’t been around that long, being drafted just last year. By now us Cardinal fans are used to rookie debuts but none has gotten this fan base more excited than Wacha. Is it out of control? Absolutely. But just for this one day its okay to be overly excited and have unrealistic expectations. It’s part of being a fan. So go out and enjoy it, watch this kid show what he’s got in him.
I think as Cardinal fans, we get so excited for rookie phenoms getting called up because it represents a change in the Cardinal culture of the past. We’re used to hardened, veteran teams that have a lot of experience. These kind of teams is what I was accustomed to to seeing in the La Russa era. But a young manager and a lot of talented rookies? Seems like a good combination and that is just one of the things that makes Matheny so great.
Are there concerns? Of course. Things like a measly K/9 rate of 5.8 and a heavy inning load coming out of college. But just for today, put all that behind you and witness to future without anxiety. Do you remember this kind of hype with Shelby Miller? I sure don’t. Although the slap on the hand by the organization for underage drinking probably didn’t help his case. I still like Miller and I still have his autograph from when he was in Springfield. (Man it’s great living down here) Wacha has drawn Wainwright comparisions on his demeanor and here’s to hoping we see a Wainwright performance tonight.
(I sure hope Wacha pitches well tonight, considering how much I’ve talked him up)