The Georgia native is also confident as to the result of the one-game National League wild card playoff to be held a week from Friday. Though his team has not yet clinched a spot in that game – likely to be held in Atlanta against the Braves – that is part of Wainwright’s point.
Unlike Atlanta, the Cardinals’ 2006 World Series hero isn’t anxious to start popping champagne corks – yet.
“No disrespect to what they did but I think we’ll save the big pop for when we beat ATL” – STL Adam Wainwright on Braves clinching celebration.
The Braves held a raucous celebration on Tuesday night when they were assured of reaching the post-season (see photo). Though Atlanta hasn’t yet been formally eliminated from the NL East race, the club will most likely secure the first wild card berth. On Tuesday, their caps and shirts indicated the generic descriptor, “Playoffs.”
SportSouth then asked the 19-season star of the Braves, third baseman Chipper Jones, his reaction to Wainwright’s words. Their second tweet follows.
“They’re the defending world champs their guys have been through it before ours haven’t…to each his own” – Chipper on Wainwright’s comment.
The reality is that Jones, set to retire after the post-season, has been there. In fact, the 40-year-old is the last remaining player on the Braves roster from their 1995 World Championship team.
With that age comes the wisdom to avoid giving his opposition bulletin board material.