ST. LOUIS -- New Cardinals right fielder Jason Heyward didn't make the request, but manager Mike Matheny didn't feel he needed to wait for one. What better way to welcome Heyward into the organization, Matheny thought, than to initiate a potential jersey swap himself.
Matheny and Heyward both have deep-rooted connections to the No. 22. It's the only number Heyward, 25, has ever worn as a Major Leaguer, and, aside from brief stints with Nos. 15 and 44, the one Matheny has donned as both a player and manager. The number also plays prominently in the non-profit organization Matheny started in 2003 -- the Catch Twenty-Two Foundation -- which has helped build handicapped-accessible baseball fields in three St. Louis-area cities.