Matt Carpenter of the Yankees Becomes Emotional When Discussing St. Louis’ Return

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Since leaving the Cardinals, Yankees Matt Carpenter became emotional before the series in St. Louis, expressing how much his family, particularly his five-year-old son, is looking forward to his return.

Carpenter became emotional at that point and needed to take a breather.

Carpenter had spent his whole career with the Cardinals, making his MLB debut in 2011, St. Louis won the World Series in the same year, and playing his final game with the team last year. From 2012 to 2018, he was at his best, appearing in 3 All-Star games and hitting over 20 HR in 4 years. In 2013, he also led the majors with 199 hits.

Carpenter and the Cardinals, on the other hand, have had a difficult few seasons. In 2021, he only hit 3 HR with a .581 OPS in 249 plate appearances, preventing him from signing a major-league contract as a free agent.

Carpenter spent the offseason reshaping his swing, adamant that he wasn’t done as a major leaguer. He began the season in the Rangers’ minor leagues before opting out of his contract and signing with the Yankees in May. He’s had a resurgence season since then, with 15 HR and a 1.226 OPS in 139 plate appearances.

Carpenter will bat third and serve as the designated hitter in his return, and he received a standing ovation on his first at-bat.

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