The gravity of Sunday’s ceremony was not lost on first-year manager Oli Marmol.
Marmol has had quite the rookie managerial campaign, as he’s helped lead the St. Louis Cardinals back to the playoffs after replacing Mike Shildt. Independent of the on-field results, this was a memorable year for the Cardinals, with Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina riding out the last year of their careers together.
That culminated with an emotional ceremony before Sunday’s game, their final regular season contest at Busch Stadium. Mayor Tishaura Jones named Oct. 4 Yadier Molina Day and Oct. 5 Albert Pujols day, while a slew of other Cardinals personnel saluted the two franchise icons.
During his weekly chat with Tom Ackerman on KMOX, Marmol reflected on the ceremony.
“Unbelievable, man. Those are moments that are going to be hard to beat,” Marmol said. “You sit back and think about everything that’s taken place in their careers and where it started and how it’s ending and what’s left to come in this last run. It was special. I really, really enjoyed it and it’s one of those things that you’ll tell for a very long time.”
With the fanfare now behind them, Pujols, Molina and the Cardinals will set their sights on the Philadelphia Phillies, who they’ll face in a wild card series beginning Friday.