“In the end, I just hope that I made you proud.”
It is the final line of Kolten Wong’s written goodbye to St. Louis, but the message is peppered throughout the entire letter as the thesis. It is a message that sticks with you as you read.
I have grown to really dislike the word “classy”. It just feels like a word really full of itself, to the point where its meaning has been completely lost. So I will not demean this heartfelt and lovely farewell to St. Louis by the former Cardinals second baseman by calling it “classy”. Perhaps at one time it might have been, but right now “classy” is just not the right word. Instead I think I will just let the act stand for itself, because it demonstrates everything we have come to learn about Kolten Wong during his time with the Cardinals. From his tearful interview after getting picked-off during the World Series (that still threatens to bring a tear to my eye) to his game-winning home run in the NLCS against the Giants, Kolten Wong has always been genuine and played the game with his whole heart.
As fans, there is nothing more we could have asked for from a player.
I took some time to find the words to express what these last ten years with the @Cardinals have meant to me. Thank you, St. Louis. You guys will always be family. @PlayersTribune— Kolten Wong (@KoltenWong) February 16, 2021
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