MIAMI -- Cardinals manager Mike Matheny had a surprise waiting for him when he arrived in the visitors' clubhouse at Marlins Park on Monday.
Prior to the series opener, Marlins president David Samson came down to the Cards' clubhouse and presented Matheny with the third base used on Opening Night, April 4, when the defending World Series champion Cardinals beat the Marlins, 4-1, in the inaugural game at Marlins Park.
Matheny was working out when Samson came down and presented him with the gift, which was meant to commemorate Matheny's first game as a Major League manager.
"It was very thoughtful," Matheny said. "I'll certainly have a spot for it."
The base isn't the only memento Matheny has been given from the Cardinals' Opening Night win. Catcher Yadier Molina gave Matheny the game ball from the final out, assistant trainer Chris Conroy took his "maiden voyage" with calligraphy on a game ball for the skipper, and Matheny also kept the lineup card from the matchup.
"I'll display all of that somewhere sometime," Matheny said.