Last year, Kyle Lohse, Nomlaki Wintun, helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series. Today, he's helping them start their season as their opening day pitcher in their game against the Florida Marlins in Miami, an honor bestowed on a player trusted to help the team start their baseball season off on the right track.
Last season Lohse became only the 36th active pitcher to win 100 games when he helped lead the Cardinals to a 7-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Cardinals Chris Carpenter, arguably one of the best pitchers in the game, is out of the lineup indefinitely. Lohse won more games, however, and had a better ERA, than anyone on the staff last season. Lohse remains humble despite his success and getting the nod to open the season for the defending champs.
"It is an honor. But at the same time, Carp or Waino could be the ones out there doing it," said Lohse to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. "I wish it was in a different circumstance, but I'll be ready to get it going. That's not really going to change my approach or anything. It's Opening Day, but it counts as much as the hopefully 33, 34 other starts that I get."