There wasn't much Adam Wainwright could do this time last year when he watched painfully as his teammates won four elimination games en route to winning the World Series in a thrilling Game 7 win over the Texas Rangers.
Out for the season due to Tommy John surgery, the ultra-competitive Wainwright was relegated to cheerleader duty during the Cardinals magical run last season.
The wait will be worth it come 7:37 p.m. CT Friday night. Wainwright, who closed out the Cardinals World Series win as a rookie closer in 2006, will make the start he's always dreamed of.
The right-hander will take the ball in the winner-take-all Game 5 against Nationals ace Gio Gonzalez, hoping to do what he didn't have the chance to do a season ago: pitch the Cardinals deeper into the postseason.
"Of course I wish we would have won (Thursday), but you know what? This is every pitcher's dream, I would say," Wainwright told reporters after Thursday's loss. "Every competitor's dream is to go in huge moments ...