Sunday, November 10, 2013
November 10, 2005: Chris Carpenter Wins The Cy Young
On November 10, 2005, Cardinals hurler Chris Carpenter took home the Cy Young award after posting a 21-5 record along with a 2.83 E.R.A. during the regular season. The road that Carpenter took to the Cy Young was a long road indeed. Just a couple of years before while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays, Carpenter had suffered an arm injury that required surgery. He went through a slow rehab and right when it looked like he might be poised for a comeback he suffered a setback that had him questioning if he would be able to continue to play baseball. After he was encouraged to continue to follow his dream by his wife Alyson, Carp underwent another surgery. After the surgery the Blue Jays organization wanted to send him to the minors. He decided to opt for free agency instead and signed with the Cardinals December of '02. He still had a long rehab ahead of him and had to sit out all of '03 before making a triumphant return in 2004. In his first year back he posted a 15-5 record for the National League Champion Cardinals and was named Comeback Player of the Year. The 21-5 campaign in '05 earned him 19 of the 32 first place votes in the Cy Young balloting, beating out Marlins hurler Dontrelle Willis for the award. The road that Carpenter traveled to get to that point made winning one of baseball's most prestigious awards that much sweeter. To date, Carpenter is one of two Cardinals to take home the Cy Young award. When he won the award on that day in 2005 he joined the legendary Bob Gibson who had won the award in 1968 and 1970. While we all know that Carpenter would be forced to battle through injuries later in his career he would be a key force in both the 2006 and 2011 championship titles. I know that I truly appreciate Chris Carpenter and everything that he has done for the Cardinals organization. He is more than the last Cardinal to take home the Cy Young, in my opinion he is a legendary member of some of the great Cardinals teams that we have seen in the recent past.