ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The St. Louis Cardinals home-run hitting success in the playoffs has been especially costly for the owner of a south St. Louis restaurant.
Mathew Unger owns Mathew's Kitchen. He's promised to donate $100 to Cardinal Glennon Medical Center every time a Cardinal named Matt hits a homer.
"It's up to $700 so far," said Unger. Matt Carpenter has 4 home runs, Matt Adams has 2 and Matt Holliday has one.
"We do this because my son was at Cardinal Glennon when he was born, and everyone was so great to us," explained Unger.
He's also giving away a signature dish of the restaurant, pig wings, anytime a Matt hits a homer.
"Why can't a Yadi or a Jhonny hit a home run?" joked Unger. "Kolten Wong's hit a couple so that's helping out at least."
It does not appear Yadier Molina will be hitting any home runs in the playoffs this year. His strained oblique is a serious injury.
The medical director for the U.S. Center for Sports medicine has treated thousands of oblique injuries. Dr. Richard Lehman says the muscle is needed for a batter to twist and swing a bat.
Lehman suspects even if Molina returns as a late-inning defensive move, he would have difficulty fielding a bunt, or throwing out a runner. Lehman does not see any long term health risk if Molina does try to return. Lehman thinks the big question is whether to rest the muscle until the World Series.
"What I'd be more worried about is if you pushed him and you had a re-injury," said Lehman.
"Would you then have to hold him out of the World Series if the Cardinals get there? That would be my bigger concern."
Unger says he doesn't mind donating the money for every Matt homer but says it's a little easier to take when the Cardinals win. He says he will donate dinner for 2 for anyone matching his donation when the playoffs are over.
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