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21 is a lucky number for this young Allen Craig fan

Twenty-one is the ultimate number in blackjack. It's also Allen Craig's jersey number. 

On Saturday, the iconic number proved lucky for Cardinals fan Hunter Schulte.

Standing in the light rainfall outside Gate 2 of Busch Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the 9-year-old boy and his mother were among the first fans to wait in line to receive an Allen Craig replica bat. The Rawlings-sponsored stick is one of the most popular giveaways of the season, given to all fans 15 and under. 

The Jefferson City resident, whose home is 2 hours away from the Gateway City, is taking home more than just a cool promotional item: his bat was one of 21 signed by the Cardinals slugger. 

When asked for his reaction, Schulte responded, "Wow."

"This is awesome."

The words were short and sweet, but this moment will last a lifetime for this young fan. 

-- Gabriel Kiley / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent