On April 4, 2012, Matheny won in his managerial début against the Miami Marlins in the first game of their new ballpark. Twenty days later, Matheny was ejected from a game for the first time for arguing a pivotal safe/out call by umpire Bill Welke in the bottom of the 10th inning of a 3-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Matheny's first season as Cardinals manager was an overall success, finishing the regular season with a 88-74 record en route to capturing the wild-card game and qualifying for the postseason. However, they fell to the Giants in the NLCS.
On February 14, 2013, the Cardinals agreed to pick up his 2014 option. Matheny exceeded the success of his first managerial season by finishing the 2013 season with a 97-65 record and the National League Central Division title. The Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 in the NLDS and beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 in the NLCS.
So, you see, Matheny is the man of the hour, his young team firmly and rightfully ensconced in the 2013 World Series, and it simply can't be disputed that St. Louis, MO is the best professional sports town with the greatest fans!
Just ask 20 rookies!
Keep your bats up and your balls down, Cards! See you in the Series!