Over the last few seasons, the Cardinal Way has been blown out of proportion. It’s so much that Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has had to comment on the Cardinal Way, which led to a column from Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz.
Apr 2, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (22) in the dugout during the third inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park. Image Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
Over the years, somehow The Cardinal Way has gone from being an organizational philosophy of how to play the game into being one that is superior over all of baseball. Is that right? I don’t think so. The Baltimore Orioles have the Oriole Way. The Chicago Cubs have the Cubs Way but I won’t go into all of that right now.
Matheny wants to take the term out of the public lexicon. In a way, I can’t blame him seeing in how so many people, media and critics alike, have been misusing the term.
Bernie gets straight to the point in this paragraph:
"The title actually reflects the organizational philosophy of teaching baseball fundamentals and instilling core principles on being a good teammate. It’s about cultivating a winning environment. It is literally an instruction manual."
It goes back to the teaches of longtime Cardinals coaches George Kissell and Dave Ricketts, neither of which are with us anymore but their legacy lives on through the Cardinals organization–just read this 1989 article from Sports Illustrated.
While we are at it, can people please stop tweeting crap about other teams players on Twitter? I’m tired off all the racist stuff that’s being retweeted by BestFansStLouis on Twitter.