The St. Louis Cardinals added some left-handed pop to their roster this afternoon, announcing they claimed Matt Adams off of waivers from the Washington Nationals. “Big City” as he was fondly referred to by teammates and fans alike, was drafted by St. Louis in 2009 and spent the first nine years of his career with the team until he was traded last May.
“I can’t say enough about this fan base here,” Adams gushed after a standing ovation when the Nationals were at Busch Stadium last week. “They treated me well and made it fun showing up on a daily basis. Putting the uniform on and coming out there, playing in front of a packed house–whether it was a Monday day game or a weekend series against the Cubs. They showed out and cheered us on. It was nice to go up there last night and hear them show me some love.”
Expected to join the team in the next couple of days, “Big City” is batting .257 with 18 HR and 48 RBI in 94 games with the Nationals this season. Adams will be a free agent at the end of this season.
The Cardinals also activated pitcher Carlos Martinez from the disabled list and optioned Patrick Wisdom to Memphis (AAA). Outfielder Dexter Fowler was also moved to the 60-day disabled list.
When I faced @Cardinals last week, I felt there was something special happening with this team. I can’t believe I actually get to be a part of it now! Excited to put the birds on the bat back on and play in front of Cardinal Nation again! Let’s Go Cards!! pic.twitter.com/G0eellIhIC
— Matt Adams (@BigCityForReal) August 21, 2018
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