O’Neill Delivers On Wish

(Busch Stadium) It wasn’t quite Babe Ruth making a promise and then going deep, but Tyler O’Neill did more than just deliver a 2-run home to help the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 tonight. He also came through for a young Make-A-Wish visitor he met before the game.

“I said I was definitely going to try,” O’Neill smiled. “This game’s so hard, it can go the other direction real quick. But was able to put the ball in the air for Preston and it’s just a good feeling.”

The two spoke before the game as Preston Dobbs met with several of the Cardinals during their pregame warm-ups.

“To be able to do that for a kid that’s so down to earth and has been through so much, is just a really enlightening feeling for me,” O’Neill added.

With some help from Fox Sports Midwest, the ball was graciously returned by the fans who caught the O’Neill home run and the outfielder was able to present the ball to Preston after the game.

“Just to be able to put on a good show for him and get the win–for us and for him, it’s just a great day,” O’Neill said.

O’Neill also had a two-run double to match his career high of four runs batted in. The home run and RBIs were his first since April when the Cardinals hosted Cincinnati in Mexico.

–Following the game, Mike Shildt confirmed that Adam Wainwright will make the start tomorrow and Daniel Ponce de Leon will take the mound on Wednesday.

photo credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

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