- - Friday, October 9, 2015

Now that the baseball season is over for the Washington Nationals, is it safe for me to point you to an article in this week’s Wall Street Journal? 

Why St. Louis Is the Ultimate Baseball Town: How John Mozeliak, Mike Matheny and the fans make players want to play in St. Louis

“It’s an easy place to play,” says General Manager John Mozeliak. He cites the city’s combination of attendance of three million-plus, high TV ratings, a comfortably medium-size local media contingent, short flights to most opponents’ stadiums, and a high quality of life.

“If you like going to work,” Mozeliak says, “then you’re probably going to have a better time doing your job and probably be better at it.”

Another Cardinals characteristic that makes St. Louis a little different: Manager Mike Matheny never curses, rarely raises his voice and focuses as much on his relationships with players as when to hit-and-run. “It comes down to managing people more than we manage the games,” Matheny says.

Though the article doesn’t state this fact, a good number of Cardinals players (and Matheny himself) are Christians. They don’t mind sharing about that—Matheny did so in a chapter in his New York Times bestselling book that released earlier this year.

A veteran sports journalist friend of mine even compiled an entire book with the “Christianity of the Cardinals” as the theme.

But mostly, the Christians in the organization know that their Christian words are best understood in the context of a Christian life well lived. So they work hard on letting the way they go about their vocation bring glory to God.

Disclaimer: I’m not exactly objective here. I grew up in St. Louis and wrote a biography of Albert Pujols, who loved St. Louis so much he still lives in St. Louis even after leaving for the Los Angeles Angels.



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