This past offseason for Cardinals closer Jason Motte was a life changing one. Motte and his wife Caitlin celebrated the birth of their daughter Margaret on Jan. 7.
Motte also started his own foundation aimed at helping cancer patients and their families. Motte and his wife held a sports memorabilia auction in November called Strike Out Cancer, which had a turnout of almost 200 people. The auction raised close to $37,000, which was donated to the Wings Cancer Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides emotional and physical support for cancer patients and their families.
“It was awesome,” Motte said of the response to the charity event. Motte and his wife are already trying to think of ideas for the next event, which they’d like to host in St. Louis
Both of these events made the two-year, $12 million contract Motte signed in January, “the bonus, not the focus, of an impactful few months, according to mlb.com Cardinals reporter Jenifer Langosch. “Baseball is what I do, it’s not who I am,” Motte clarified. “Now, I think that even more.”