President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, Chicago White Sox and Cubs fans respectively, both heaped praise on the Cardinals for their late-season comeback and their ability to beat the odds in the playoffs, defeating the Texas Rangers in the World Series.
St. Louis Cardinals David Freese celebrates with his teammates at home place after hitting a solo walk off homerun to win game 6 of the World Series in the 11th inning on Oct. 27, 2011. The Cardinals went on to win the series.
A squirrel runs through the legs of St. Louis Cardinal Skip Schumaker while he bats in the fifth inning during Game 4 of the NLDS against the Philadelphia Phillies at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Oct. 5, 2011.
Mike Matheny is taking on one of baseball's most high-profile jobs even as he continues to recover from a big financial setback.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Matheny and his wife may still be responsible for more than $4 million from a business deal gone bad. The St. Louis Cardinals say they were aware of the situation when they named Matheny manager last week.