The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals began a four-game series Thursday, which provided Vin Scully with the opportunity to discuss the career of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny.
Scully began his story by detailing the decision Matheny faced as he prepared to enroll in college — attend the University of Michigan or sign with the Toronto Blue Jays, who had drafted him. As Scully so eloquently tells the tale, Matheny showered as he prepared to go to class only to have a pigeon defecate on his head.
Rather than viewing it as a symbol to leave, Matheny made the decision to stick with college. The catcher made his MLB debut in 1994 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Matheny played five seasons with the Brewers, then one with the Blue Jays before joining the Cardinals for five seasons.
Matheny then finished his playing career with the San Francisco Giants and he’s now in his third season as manager of the Cardinals.
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