||• St. Louis Cardinals
||• Born: 4/27/75
- In high school,
Chris’s slapshots from the blue line struck fear into opponents
and teammates alike. He once broke the ankle of a fellow Pioneer with
an errant shot
- Chris’s first
major league strikeout victim was Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.
- In 1997, Chris
became the first Blue Jay rookie to toss a shutout since John Cerutti
- Chris was voted
2004 Comeback Player of the Year.
- The Cardinals
won 20 of Chris’s 28 starts in 2004.
- In 2005, Chris
became the first St. Louis pitcher to fan 200 batters since Jose DeLeon
- In 2005, Chris became the first
Cardinal to win 20 games since Matt Morris in 2001.
- Chris was named MLB’s Comeback Player of the Year in 2009.
- After the 2011 World Series, Chris was invited to skate with the St. Louis Blues.
- Chris donated his
jersey and cleats from the 2005 All-Star Game to a cancer charity. The
winning bidder paid $3,400 for the lot.
- Chris was the second
New Hampshire native to start an All-Star Game. The first was Red Rolfe,
- One of Chris’s
early mentors was Blue Jays teammate Pat Hentgen. They had the same
agent, Bob Lamonte.
- Chris is one of
baseball’s worst post-game interviews. He speaks in a monotone,
shies away from self-analysis, and rarely offers more than basic criticism
- St. Louis fans
had a case of deja vu when the team announced it had signed Chris. A
player named Cris (with no "h") Carpenter had pitched out
of their bullpen in the 1990s.
- Chris is married. He and his wife Alyson have two children, Sam and Ava.
2004 Sports Collectors Digest
Red Rolfe, Burke