On Friday, former St. Louis Cardinals All-Star Matt Carpenter made his return to Busch Stadium.
Even though Carpenter was donning a New York Yankees uniform, he received a rousing ovation before his first at-bat of the night from the Cardinals faithful.
“I was telling somebody earlier that this will be the first three games since 2009 I have not pulled for the St. Louis Cardinals to win,” Carpenter told MLB.com’s John Denton. “All season, anytime that we’re not playing, and our schedule matches up, I’m watching the guys, checking every box score and legitimately wanting them to win every game. This will be the first three where that’s not the case, but as soon as we leave town, I’ll go right back to being [a Cardinals fan]. It’s going to be weird to compete against them, but being able to separate the emotions will be a challenge.”