Wacha gets to celebrate debut a day later

Wacha gets to celebrate debut a day later

ST. LOUIS -- A four-hour, 32-minute rain delay in the ninth inning on Thursday left Michael Wacha unable to follow through on his plans to meet family and friends for a postgame debut celebration dinner that evening. He made it up to them with lunch the next day.

Wacha said he gathered with family members for lunch and spent some time with them in their hotel lobby on Friday morning before they left for home and he headed to the ballpark. They had all gone on to their prescheduled dinner at Joe Buck's Restaurant without him on Thursday.

Meeting for breakfast on Friday morning was out of the question because, as Wacha said, "I told them I needed to sleep in a little bit because they got more rest than I did."

The Cardinals game finally ended at 3:14 a.m. CT on Friday, after which Wacha estimated he slept for five to 5 1/2 hours. Before the Cardinals whittled away the lead in the ninth, Wacha allowed two hits and one earned run in his seven-inning Major League debut.

"When you think about making your debut and doing it in front of the home crowd," general manager John Mozeliak said, "he did it with an exclamation."

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.