Let the Journey Begin -2014

Spring is here...at least in south Florida, and the excitement of spring training, and the anticipation of another baseball season couldn't be higher. The fans are starting to show up and all the players are in prime condition. The hot stove analysts have broken down every move that every team has made or hasn't, and their predictions are read and taken as gospel truth. For now, that is all the watching baseball world has.

That is not the case for a group of 57 players, and a small army of coaches and support staff, known as the St Louis Cardinals. We are starting all over, at the basic fundamentals of what it takes to become a team. This is the single most important item on our to-do list this spring. Yes, we do need to get the guys in playing shape, and we also need to carefully choose the best group of 25 players (note that I did not say the 25 best players), but it is more important to begin the framework of TEAM. Team is the mindset that "we is bigger than me" and I must do my part as well as I possibly can, to bring about the best possible results for the group. The fact that we are all dressed the same, does not instantly make us a team. It just makes for a lot of red. A "team" happens when we choose a group that is motivated toward individual and collective excellence, with the focus on our common goal. Our common goal has a lot to do with what we can accomplish, and a lot to do with how we go about our business on a minute by minute basis.

It is an honor for each of us to put on the Cardinal uniform and to try to uphold the tradition and expectation of this great organization. We are anticipating some successes and some struggles. Some victories and some hard fought defeats. But one thing is for certain, we are going to take this journey together, shouldering each other's struggles, and set backs, and celebrating the small and large victories as one unit with one common heartbeat. We will not do this flawlessly, but with a confident humility and a style of play that will make Cardinal nation proud of their TEAM. Let the Journey begin.

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    I have been a devoted Cardinals fan since 1946. My dad and I watched the Cardinals win over the Red Sox in the 1946 World Series. I've seen the Cardinals through thick and this. Never in those 68 years have I been more excited about the makeup of the team and management working together than this year. Thanks for your leadership, Mike Matheny, and your team orientation. I'm looking forward to a BIG year.
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    Welcome back, Coach Matheny - your blog is great and only adds to me being an already-loyal lifelong Cardinal fan. With my boys going into their third and fifth years of actively play the game, the baseball season as a whole takes on a much bigger significance. It has been great to see them grow not only in the technical aspects but also from developing life skills - friendships, confidence, sportsmanship, etc. Keep sending us parents important reminders about what this is all about. And of course, GO CARDS!