When news spread that Chris Carpenter might be retiring, both the city of St. Louis and the baseball world were shocked.
This is a man who seemed invincible, persevering through so much. Last time we saw him, he was pitching just two months after undergoing major surgery to remove a rib.
It doesn't get any more hardcore than that.
If he is in fact done, then he will ride off into the sunset a mere 10 strikeouts short of second place on the Cardinals’ all-time list and with the franchise record for postseason win percentage. But what’s even more notable than his on-field performance was his leadership in the clubhouse.
He will always be considered one of the Cardinal greats, so while we all wonder what’s next for the ace, let’s take a look at his five greatest moments while wearing the cardinal perched on a bat.