The two were teammates from 2005-07, and Rolen was out at third base when Wainwright recorded the final out of the 2006 World Series for the St. Louis Cardinals.
The veteran right-hander is the last remaining holdover from that team.
But he was as happy as anybody to hear the news of his former teammate and friend being elected to the Hall of Fame.
On Twitter, Wainwright congratulated Rolen, praising him for his abilities as a player and leadership skills, as well as buying the right-hander his first two suits when he first came to the big leagues.
Congrats to Scott. A great teammate and player! A generous person with a big heart. Bought me my first two suits in the big leagues. I can’t wait for the speech!!! https://t.co/HzD7eR85EA
— Adam Wainwright (@UncleCharlie50) January 25, 2023
Wainwright finished the tweet by saying that he was looking forward to Rolen’s induction speech on July 23.
Rolen got to see Wainwright in his early days.
He was of course on hand when the right-hander closed out all three postseason series for the Cardinals in 2006.
He was out at third base when Wainwright struck out Carlos Beltran with the bases loaded.
He also got a chance to watch Wainwright blossom into a young ace.
Rolen’s final year in St. Louis was the right-hander’s first in the starting rotation.
16 years later, the 41-year-old is still executing and is a mainstay in the Cardinals rotation, while Rolen is entering the Hall of Fame after six tries on the ballot.
Wainwright did not hesitate to say how much Rolen meant to him and was quick to praise him for being a great teammate and friend.