Wainwright, a Brunswick native and Glynn Academy graduate, was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in 2000. The Braves traded him three years later to the St. Louis Cardinals in a deal the Braves would regret. Wainwright has been one of the National League’s top starting pitchers during his 16-year-major league career, with a record of 184 wins and 105 losses. This past season, when he turned 40, he had one of his best years finishing with a record of 17-7 and a 3.05 earned run average.
Thursday’s rally and march was organized by the Rev. Al Sharpton and other activists following attorney Kevin Gough’s efforts to have Black pastors barred from the courtroom. Gough, who represents William “Roddie” Bryan in the trial over Ahmaud Arbery’s killing, has been widely criticized after telling the judge, “we don’t want any more Black pastors coming in here.”