ST. LOUIS -- They will welcome Kolten Wong to his new home tonight.
It will be a powerful display, this first meeting between a fan base that fancies itself the best in baseball and its second baseman of the foreseeable future.
But while the sound of tens of thousands of hands clapping all at once will force anyone with firing synapses to realize this moment is special, it will pale in comparison to a buzz taking place more than 4,000 miles away.
Wong is one of five Hawaii-born players currently in the major leagues. He is the only one to debut this year. And the hard-hitting lefty from Hilo, Hawaii, is just the second baseball player from his hometown to make baseball's biggest stage. (The first, Onan Masaoka, pitched for the Dodgers in 1999 and 2000.)
All of this makes Wong a big deal on the islands of Hawaii, where friends and family and fans have been patiently waiting for this milestone ever since Wong started using his sweet swing -- a stroke his father helped hone by havi...