Vladimir Tarasenko is hoping the St. Louis Cardinals secret salsa will work for him and the St. Louis Blues as well.
The Blues forward got a taste of Cardinals first baseman Matt Carpenter's special salsa, which was delivered to him by condiment grower and St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright, in hopes it'll give the Blues a boost in 2018-19 like it did for the Cardinals this summer.
Carpenter was in a season-long slump when he turned the vegetables Wainwright grew in his garden into a homemade salsa. Carpenter credited the salsa with turning his season around after hitting eight home runs in a six-game stretch in July, and the Cardinals' on-field play quickly followed suit. After middling for much of the year, St. Louis holds a National League playoff spot with less than 20 games in the season.
With hockey season fast approaching and with St. Louis being the fanatical sports city it is, the Cardinals wanted to turn some of that success onto the Blues, who narrowly missed out on a Stanley Cup Playoff berth last season.
"This is very important stuff," Wainwright told Tarasenko while handing him a jar of salsa in a video posted on the Blues website Tuesday. "This is Matt Carpenter's magic salsa, and this is what a lot of people think turned our season around. We're not giving it to you because we still need some, but we are going to share some with you. You can have some of the magic salsa. Let's go Blues."
If Tarasenko leads the Blues in goals for the sixth straight season, some will credit the salsa. Or it could be that Tarasenko's really good at hockey. But it's too important to chance. Plus the salsa isn't half bad.
"It's actually pretty good," Tarasenko said, dipping a tortilla into the jar. "That's really good."