HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Kolten Wong's rookie season in the MLB should've been an unforgettable experience for all the right reasons. Instead, it was -- as he would describe it -- hell.
In an emotion-packed video story with The Player's Tribune, Wong held nothing back. The former Rainbow Warrior standout discussed the struggles he went through his rookie season with the St. Louis Cardinals and the death of his mother, which would haunt him over the first couple of seasons in his career.
Wong recalled the infamous pick-off play in the World Series against the Boston Red Sox which he received much scrutiny for. But even though all the noise from the outside, Wong still remembers one of his mom's last messages to him.
"She told me to continue to play my game -- 'Don't worry about the pickoff. Go out and have fun,'" Wong said in the video. "She was basically telling me what I need to do for the rest of my life, in a few words. Going through that, and losing her at that time, it rocked me."
Currently, Wong is experiencing a resurgence this season and is a key contributor for the Cardinals on both offense and defense.
The Big Island native is also spear-heading a GoFundMe page to help those who have been affected by the volcanic eruptions back home.