Most people believe that the St. Louis Cardinals owe a great deal of their success to their catcher Yadier Molina. Molina is great and deserves some credit but this team is where they are for another catcher. Former catcher and current manager Mike Matheny is the main reason this team has held together over their challenging second half. Now he is up to his old tricks again by helping guide his team after a disappointing series loss and game loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
His advice to his team was to get over it basically. He suggested they put the loss to the Reds behind them. The fact is that he is right because any time spent worrying about losing to that great team will help them lose to the next great team they face; the Pittsburgh Pirates. Of course the idea of not dwelling on negative things is much easier said than done. Anyone with a minute of life experience knows that.
Still, Matheny is somehow able to guide his team to do just that. No better example can be given than the way they reacted after their long losing streak. Now all the people that suggested they were out of the race are wrong. After losing series to the Reds and the Pirates over the last week plus, they have good reason to doubt themselves. Yet, somehow they keep playing hard and stay right near the Pirates going after first place. Wherever this team enters the 2013 postseason, be it wildcard or division champ, they have their manager to thank for it.