“We were going to break him in easy. That went by the boards the first couple weeks of the season."
—Cardinals manager Tony La Russa

"He’s earned as much respect and credibility with our club as any of our guys out there."
—La Russa

"He’s strong and sharper. He’s just had more experience. He had put in a full season at Triple A, and that counts for a lot."
—La Russa

"To go out there and do what he’s doing, it’s pretty special. You can’t say enough about him."
—Teammate Jason Isringhausen

"He’s got a great fastball, and the curve speaks for itself."
—Teammate Braden Looper

"It’s easy for me to call any of his pitches, because I trust him to throw strikes."
—Teammate Yadier Molina

"Wainwright is built for pitching—6 foot 7, lean and agile."
—Sportswriter Furman Bisher

"He's got a live arm. He's got good movement on his fastball, a good downward plane, and he's got that curveball. They both set each other up."
—Veteran catcher Gary Bennett

"I’m really proud of all his achievements, but I’m most proud of the young man he has turned out to be."
—Nancy Wainwright


Tony La Russa, 2003 Topps T205

Yadier Molina, 2005 Bowman


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