Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/18/14

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (R) congratulates starting pitcher Adam Wainwright after Wainwright finished the eighth inning, shutting out the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 25, 2009. St. Louis won the game 1-0. UPI/Bill Greenblatt Photo via Newscom

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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 ...
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