One could understand why Astros’ utility man Mauricio Dubon wanted to meet St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Adam Wainwright in June. It is his last year in baseball after all and Dubon may not have gotten another chance.
But Dubon’s reason for wanting to meet Wainwright went beyond admiration for his accomplishments on the diamond. The Cardinals pitcher works with Water Mission, a company that builds safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions in developing countries and disaster areas. In 2013, Wainwright and members of the organization had traveled to Honduras, bringing clean water solutions to the country. Dubon’s hometown was amongst those helped by Wainwright and Water Mission.
Adam Wainwright’s legacy goes beyond diamond for St. Louis Cardinals
It is easy to look at a player’s legacy through a statistical lens. Wainwright has had an impressive career even as he limps to the finish line. He is one of just 122 pitchers in major league history to record 200 wins. The 2006 World Champion has been a three time All Star and two time Gold Glove winner, recording a 3.53 ERA and a 1.242 WHiP over his 2668.1 innings, striking out 2202 batters with 736 walks. Wainwright has had an impressive career.
But Wainwright is more than his performance on the mound. His efforts to improve the lives of others have had an impact as well. As Dubon had been sick from drinking tainted water prior to Wainwright and Water Mission coming to Honduras, he made a dramatic impact upon those lives.
It is an impact that will not be forgotten. And it is an impact that will change people’s lives. Dubon was already in California by that time and had been drafted by the Red Sox, but that did not change his appreciation for what was done for his home town. Wainwright’s contributions were remembered a decade later. That is his true impact – not what he did on the diamond.
Mauricio Dubon was adamant about meeting St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright. After what he did for Honduras, it was understandable.