The St. Louis Post-Dispatch story that we read over the weekend was one that has unfortunately been told too many times since the housing market collapsed a few years back.
But it was unique in that you don't often hear of a big league manager moving into the home of his in-laws with his wife and his five children.
That's the situation that Mike Matheny faces as he enters his first days as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. Hit hard by the economy and some bad business decisions, the 40-year-old former catcher was forced to sell his family's dream home as the result of a legal fight with a bank over his business debt.
The excellently-sourced Dispatch story is worth a read in itself, but the gist is this: In 2004, Matheny and his wife built a large and luxurious home in suburban St. Louis that included "an indoor batting cage, home theater, pool with a water slide and a treehouse wired for electricity" as well as a golf green in the middle of a private lake.