Why I chose 26

Since the signing of Jason Heyward, many people have asked me what number I planned on wearing for the 2015 season. I have been very fortunate to have worn the same number for almost all of my career, and the number 22 will always have deep significance to me and the foundation Kristin and I started, the Catch 22 Foundation.

I am now very proud to take on a number that one of our players, Trevor Rosenthal, has worn for the past three seasons. I approached Trevor about number 26, after the passing of a young man who wore that number for his short hockey career. Sean Glanvill was 12 years old when he was involved in a single car accident and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Despite the fact that Sean was given less than a 1% chance of surviving the first night, he continued to defy the odds. For seven years, Sean displayed a toughness and fight for his life, while the rest of the Glanvill family displayed the kind of love, faith, support, and commitment that was truly remarkable.

Sean lost his courageous fight against this devastating injury on November 10th, 2014. In honor of Sean, as well as his parents Derek and Penny, who are two of my closest friends, I am honored to wear the number 26 on my Cardinal jersey for the upcoming season.

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  • Brain Injury Parents

    My husband and son's are huge Cardinals fans....we have only been able to attend 2 actual games years ago. On April 28,2013 our youngest son at the age of 19 was in a near drowning accident while fishing with friends. He also was given a 1% chance of survival, but did survive..we have been fighting to get him treatments from day one ..we have been basically unsuccessful in our attempts...Tonight my husband while watching the game was excited to hear about this story...It gives hope so thank you for being one of those friends that keeps on giving and supporting ...because in the world of traumatic and as our sons is call non-traumatic brain injury it brings awareness to a world that is difficult to say the least....To the family of Sean my heart goes out to you ....Thank you for listening.....The parents of Shawn ...Kim and Eugene Gafford
  • Response to your beautiful testimony

    I loved reading why you will be wearing number 26 for the upcoming season. You are a truly good and compassionate man, Mike Matheny, and you can be sure Sean is smiling in Heaven feeling so proud that you will remember him in this way. Will miss you and your wife on the cruise this year. Here's wishing you and your family all the joy and love at this Christmas time and throughout the new year. (I am the lady who was on the plane ride returning home from the cruise last year who told you it was such an honor getting to meet you.)
  • New number

    Way to go Matheny. Thank you for bringing more attention to TBI. My daughter suffered one in 2013 and is currently in rehab in southern Illinois and not enough people are aware of the tradegy behind TBIs.
  • Always class

    I've always thought of you as a top notch player, Mike. Same goes for the way you carry yourself on and off the field, both as a player and now as a manager. You're a class act.
  • Blessing

    Mike, you are such a blessing to me. Your testimony has been inspiring to all of us at FBC in Columbus. Watching your career has been a sport, in and of itself. Thank you for putting God and family ahead of fame and fortune. You are a true champ!
  • Truly Amazing

    My heart is full of pride and honor for u. The heart of Cardinal Nation just continues to grow. You are an amazing man on so many levels and may the family forever find peace and comfort when they see the number 26. May he spread his wings and fly through the heavens.
  • Number Choice

    I was touched to hear about your choice of a number and why. My wife and I lost three grandchildren in a fire on November 10, 2010. Knowing what we know now about how these numbers and dates are important, your choice will forever be special to the family. Keep up the good work Mike, not just record wise, but as a man in general Thanks, Greg Wilson Eureka Springs, AR
  • God bless you. Seam was very

    God bless you. Seam was very special Person. I had the bless to worked for Glanville family for 4 blessing Years.I Never going to forget the Lovely smile Seam used to have.
  • 26

    Mike, we go to the same church and have prayed hard for Sean, Penny, Derek and their other children over the years. We will be honored to buy 26 jerseys this year in Sean's memory.
  • I am so sorry for your loss

    MIKE.....I am so sorry for your loss.....this has certainly not been an easy off season for you and your family. Thank you for sharing the reason for your choice of number. I will think of and pray for Sean and his parents everytime I look at your jersey.
  • New number

    That was very thoughtful of you to pick your number in honor of Sean Glanvill. I guess now my no, 26 Rosenthal jersey will have to represent all 3 of you "26's".
  • #22

    But now that I read why you are changing your number, I will simply change mine too! What a thoughtful tribute! A fan of yours no matter what team, color or number!!