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What are the most memorable moments from the 2016 Cardinals? - A Hunt and Peck

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The 2016 season was a weird one if you are a Cardinals fan. It was a season of extreme highs followed soon after by extreme lows, a season of blowouts followed by close losses followed by other blowouts, a season that reaffirmed your love for the game, captured its beauty, and so perfectly embodied its essence, and also made you want to rip your hair out. Sprinkled within were some wonderful moments. Here are my top three.

3. Adam Wainwright shuts out the Diamondbacks

In an up-and-down season for Waino on the mound, this game is definitely the highlight. Not only did he pitch a beaut, but it happened to be on the night the Cardinals celebrated the 2006 World Championship team - a team that contained two active Birdos: Wainwright and Yadier Molina

2. The weekend of Matt Holliday

After being injured in early August and trying so hard to come back, Matt Holliday was activated from the DL. The catch: it was to say goodbye. The Cardinals made it known that they would not be picking up his option. In his first plate appearance back, Holliday hit an 0-2 offering to right field for his first ever pinch-hit RBI. In his second, he knock a single to right to tie the must-win game for the Birdos for his second and third ever pinch-hit RBI. In his last game, with the crowd chanting his name, Holliday took left field at Busch Stadium for possibly the last time wearing the Birds on the Bat. It was perfect.

1. Aledmys Díaz hits his first grand slam

Baseball is just a thing. It is a thing we play and watch for fun, to distract us for just a few hours from whatever ails us in our lives. While we love it, it is ultimately meaningless. The world could go on without it and though we may deep down in our hearts know something is missing, we would eventually forget until it drifts off into nothingness. Baseball does not change our reality; it just makes us forget it for a while. So when the two collide, it is always impactful. That is why Aledmys Diaz hitting a grand slam his first game back after the death of his childhood friend, José Fernández is the most memorable moment for me. It hurts. It heals.

Honorable mention:

This was just awesome.

What was your favorite moment?

UPDATE: apparently great minds think alike!

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