Nootbaar and Arenado have big homers

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On Friday, in his first game back, Nootbaar showed why he is considered a key piece for the Cardinals — both with his infectious, feel-good energy and his big bat in the middle of the lineup.
Nootbaar hit a towering 438-foot home run in his first game back.
He also celebrated close friend Nolan Arenado’s smashing of his first home run of the season.
Their work played a big role in the Cardinals building an early six-run lead, and St. Louis rallied late for a 9-6 defeat of the D-backs at Chase Field on Friday.
“Being around these guys, we have such a great group, and they kind of lift me up.
As someone who burns especially hot and tends to be hard on himself when he struggles, Arenado said he appreciates having the fun-loving, light-hearted Nootbaar back around the team.
He wished to be with his teammates at Dodger Stadium, the historic ballpark where he dreamed of playing someday.
“One of the guys who works with us was like, ‘We should have just not had you come in today.’ You feel bad.


After missing several weeks of action due to a broken left side rib, Nootbaar stated that his recovery was motivated by his desire to be among his teammates and return to his previous level of performance.

During his first game back on Friday, Nootbaar demonstrated why the Cardinals value him highly by using his big bat in the middle of the lineup in addition to his contagious, upbeat energy. In the first game after his return, Nootbaar blasted a massive 438-foot home run. He also rejoiced when his good friend Nolan Arenado blasted his first home run of the year. Their efforts were crucial in the Cardinals’ early six-run lead, and St. At Chase Field on Friday, the Louis Rampage rallied late to defeat the Arizona D-backs 9–6.

“Before the game, Reserve Shortstop Brandon Crawford made fun of me and asked me why I was so nervous. I was like, ‘Man, this is Opening Day for me, Craw,'” Nootbaar recalled. Nootbaar had worked on his swing against Single-A pitchers and in Minor League games with Triple-A Memphis and Double-A Springfield. We have such a great group here, and hanging out with these guys kind of makes me feel better. And I was thrilled about this because I truly missed them. “.

Havenado, who was 3 for 5 with three RBIs, joked, “I think that’s the first ball I’ve hit to the outfield this season.”. “I felt great and I hit it really well. I’m just glad I could make it through because I’ve had chances to drive in guys, so I’m glad I could make it through for them. “.

Arenado was nearly as thrilled to see Nootbaar back with the Cardinals as he was to hit his first home run in seven months. These two natives of Southern California are the closest of friends. For the entire off-season, they hit and surf together. Late Friday night, they were going to celebrate each other’s long home runs. Arenado stated he enjoys having the jovial, easygoing Nootbaar back on the team because he tends to burn particularly hot and be harsh on himself when he struggles.

Arenado sheepishly responded, “I know that his went farther,” after learning that Nootbaar’s 438-foot smash in the third inning, which left the bat at a scorching 110.3 mph and easily soared over the bullpen in right field, had traveled 13 feet farther than his first-inning home run. It’s okay, even though he hits the ball a little harder than I do. “.

Nootbaar was anything but OK when the Cardinals broke camp and headed for the West Coast in late March. He stayed behind to care for Tommy Edman, an injured outfielder, and pitchers Sonny Gray and Keynan Middleton who were recovering. He wanted to be with his teammates at Dodger Stadium, the iconic ballpark where he had aspirations of playing in the future. Despite receiving numerous calls from manager Oliver Marmol and sending daily texts to his teammates, Nootbaar claimed that the psychological toll of his injuries was nearly as high as the physical portion of his rehabilitation.

According to Nootbaar, “It was probably a Sunday and me and Sonny [Gray] and some of the other guys, we were hurting, man,” when those guys left for Arizona (and later Los Angeles). “We really shouldn’t have let you come in today,” said one of the guys who works with us.”. It hurts to feel that.

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