And that’s part of the reason why when manager Tony La Russa called it a career after his World Series win last season, the Cardinals interviewed three outside candidates, including Terry Francona, and three inside candidates, including Mike Matheny, who had been a longtime player for them.
Matheny’s familiarity with all things Cardinals helped him get the job.
“It just helps to be on the same page, to have the same goals and know what’s expected,” Matheny said.
Whenever you get to the World Series, it’s big. It just seems to mean more when you do it with players you’ve poured your heart and soul out for to develop your way.