2/24 Looper stays in touch with Wainwright

Braden Looper was Adam Wainwright’s teammate on the Cardinals, and both are board of directors of an organization. Looper last saw Wainwright this offseason. As soon as Looper heard about Wainwright’s elbow injury, he sent a text message to his friend.

“He told me a couple jokes, back and forth,” Looper said Thursday of Wainwright. “He didn’t know what was going on yet.”

If he’s joking, then maybe Wainwright’s elbow injury isn’t that serious?

“That’s just his personality,” said Looper, who hoped to call Wainwright later Thursday. “I’m sure it’s tough. It’s a big loss for a team like that — any team. That’s just his personality and you have to know him to appreciate it. He’s a good hard worker and he’ll be all right.”

Looper didn’t know any details about Wainwright’s injury.

“I know that knowing him, he’s a character guy and he’s a guy who shows young guys how to work hard, so I know he’ll be all right,” Looper said. “That’s a comforting thing for me, knowing that he’s a guy who will bust his butt to get back.”

Cubs fans may be excited about the Cardinals losing their 20-game winner from the rotation. Looper would like to face a team when it’s at full strength.

“We want to beat them because we’re better,” he said. “You never want to wish a guy to get hurt. You want to say at the end of the day, hopefully, we’re a better team than they are. Every team goes through adversity. Obviously, [the Cardinals'] is starting sooner than ours. I’m sure there will be something we’ll have to go through. Every team goes through something.”

– Carrie Muskat

1 Comment

That’s great, a lovefest will be just the thing to help soothe the pain of yet another no-show in the World Series. NEWS FLASH to Looper: The Cubs are not a better team than the Cardinals even without Wainwright. Didn’t Hendry give Looper the memo? Soriano is the Cubs’ left fielder, Holiday is the Cards’ left fielder and Pujols vs. Pena is the biggest $10 million practical joke Hendry has yet to pull. Not that any of us Cubs fans are counting on the AWESOME BACK UP PLAN of Looper being the 18-20 game winner that continually eludes Hendry’s radar. Pena, Looper, Fukodome, Soriano….sigh, another B movie version of Hendry’s while A list actors star on the big screen of MLB.

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