On a team like the 2013 Cardinals — six All-Stars, multiple MVP contenders, a Cy Young candidate — not everyone gets the attention he deserves. Even Allen Craig.
Seems kind of implausible, doesn’t it? Allen Craig — All-Star Allen Craig — overlooked? Yet at times he’s overshadowed by the tremendous seasons that Yadier Molina and Matt Carpenter and Adam Wainwright and, to list all four of our first-half MVP candidates, Edward Mujica are having.
Yet even with Adam Wainwright’s performance yesterday, it’s kind of hard to overlook Allen’s role in the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres. Yes, Wainwright was tremendous again as he became the National League’s first 13-game winner in pitching eight innings and allowing the two runs on eight hits while striking out seven.
But Allen Craig was the hero of the game, thanks to his ninth-inning catch.
Allen himself called it “pretty dramatic” and it brought to mind a certain similar catch he made on Oct. 28, 2011 — you remember that game, I’m sure. (Ah, that video clip. Chris Carpenter! And That Guy Who Used to Play First Base …) Though yesterday’s catch didn’t necessarily come in a game with the same level of importance, it was more crucial to preserving the victory given that there were runners at second and third in a one-run game.