(BaseballStL) -- Mark McGwire, long a Cardinal cultural icon, returns to St. Louis clad in Dodger Blue. While he's been here before as a member of the Los Angeles clan, interest has been piqued about his knowledge of Cardinal hitters.
Serving as the Cardinal hitting coach from 2010 to 2012, McGwire has inside perspective on the Redbird batters' strength and weaknesses. Asked prior to Game 1 what the expectation was regarding McGwire's use of insight on the Cardinals, Mike Matheny sent a pretty clear message.
"Well, not that I've bounced around to that many teams as a coach, but I'll tell you what I would expect Mark McGwire to do and that would be for him to go in there and do everything he can do to win."
During the workout day Thursday, Matheny praised McGwire as a superstar player and a superstar coach. Despite St. Louis ties, the Cardinal manager expects McGwire to think Dodgers first. The same goes for former-Cardinal-turned-Dodger Skip Schumaker. Schumaker played from 2005-2012 with St. Louis, winning two World Series rings.
Now, he finds himself on the other side of the fence, and Matheny expects the versatile utility man to act like it.
"There's not a lot of etiquette when it comes to just winning within the rules. There are no rules against using the knowledge that you have to be able to go and help your new club," he said. "I would expect that he would use everything he has in his memory to try and figure out how to beat us. And we would do the exact same thing if the roles were reversed."