Adam Wainwright’s 2011 season had ended before it began. On the first day of spring training, on the very first day of batting practice, he blew his arm out.
“It was one of those things that was just hard to believe,” Wainwright says. “We had literally just started spring training and, on the first day of BP, I completely blow my arm out. The pain was just excruciating and I couldn’t even lift a shampoo bottle with my throwing arm for a long time. It was very disappointing at first because we were all coming into camp, ready for a new season to start. And, suddenly, my season was really over before it began.”
Three of baseballʼs most dominant hitters the last decade have joined together, but their confidence isnʼt in their ability on the field – itʼs in knowing that God is in control.
The regular season hadn't even started, but St. Louis Cardinals' fans were excited about the possibilities as they watched their team in spring training during March.
Albert Pujols. Matt Holliday. Lance Berkman. All together in one dangerous lineup.
Pujols joined the Cardinals in 2001. Holliday was acquired from Oakland in 2009 and Berkman signed a one-year, $8 million deal with St. Louis in the off-season, coming over from the Yankees after becoming a free-agent.
"Some fans are starting to call this new lineup that the Cardinals have 'Murderer's Row,'" says Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock, referring to the famed 1927 New York Yankees lineup of Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel and Tony Lazzeri...
Heisman Trophy candidate and sixth-year senior Case Keenum leads the nation in total offense and has led the Cougars to a 3-0 start. He has passed for 1,119 yards and 10 touchdowns in the Cougars' first three games and recently led Houston to a huge comeback against Louisiana Tech last weekend, when his offense went off for 28 straight points late in the game to win 35-34. His story was featured in our Fall 2009 issue.
After only two seasons, University of Houston quarterback Case Keenum is already one of the most prolific passers in school history. He’s also the nation's returning leader in total offense and considered one of the top returning players in 2009 by several national sports publications.
Keenum is a viable Heisman Trophy candidate...