Mike Matheny is introduced as the St. Louis Cardinals' new manager during a news conference Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) By Jeff Roberson
(BaseballStL) -- New skipper Mike Matheny threw batting practice today. Afterwards he went to sign autographs and ran into one man who gave him a ball to sign. However, there was one problem, Matheny didn't want to sign it.
When he looked at the ball to sign, he noticed Ozzie Smith had already signed it. Essentially, he thought his autograph would devalue the ball's worth since the Hall of Famer Smith already inked. He told the fan to get a piece of paper and he'd be more than happy to sign; which he did.
I saw some of the pitchers running sprints and noticed the boys were out of gas after a handful of times. Mitchell Boggs and Fernando Salas had their hands on their knees bent over; I don't blame them.