BOSTON -- The Cardinals, having just sat on the tarmac at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport for seven hours, were moments from finally taking off Tuesday evening when word began to spread inside the chartered plane.
The Cards did not have just one Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner in 2013. They had two.
Yadier Molina, as expected, became a six-time winner. Also honored, though, was batterymate Adam Wainwright, who now has two career Gold Gloves. He won the first back in 2009.
"I pride myself in being a complete pitcher," Wainwright said, after the Cardinals wrapped up batting practice on Wednesday. "I still want to win the Silver Slugger, and I still want to win the Cy Young. Somebody asked me the other day, 'Why do you win Gold Gloves? It's not like you're making sliding plays.' I'm like that boring, just-make-all-the-plays-I'm-supposed-to-make-don't-make-any-mistakes kind of guy.
"It's a tremendous honor with all the athletes out there. I always say the starting pitchers are the best athletes on the field anyways, so to win the Gold Glove is pretty special."
Both Molina and Wainwright are now eligible to win the Platinum Glove award, presented to the best defensive player in each league. The award was first given in 2011, and Molina is the only National League player to have won it. Voting for the Platinum Glove is done by fans at Rawlings.com.
Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.