Adam Wainwright managed to outlive 18 years amid the grueling schedule of Main League Baseball earlier than a pet ended his profession.
The 42-year-old known as time on his lengthy profession on the finish of the 2023 season after 478 video games, 2,202 strikeouts, three All-Star appearances and a World Sequence title with the St Louis Cardinals, his solely main league staff.
However when he lodged his official retirement papers to Main League Baseball, somewhat than itemizing well being issues or the chance to get pleasure from his $182m in profession earnings, he gave his purpose for stepping away from the sport as “As a result of I acquired a pet”.
Wainwright promised his youngsters they might get a household canine when he retired from baseball and the Cardinals presented the Wainwrights with a Lagotto Romagnolo puppy throughout a ceremony earlier than their last house recreation of the season on 1 October. Wainwright’s spouse, Jenny, named the pet Louie.
It’s unclear if Louie desires to comply with his adopted father into skilled sports activities.