ST. LOUIS -- Toughness alone didn't make Mike Matheny the ideal choice to manage the Cardinals. It sure did help, though.
And Matheny sure is tough. Not many of us could absorb a paintball barrage that left us bloody and bruised and be back at work the next day.
Matheny did just that during spring training in one of his two seasons (2005-06) as Giants catcher. Near the end of a team-bonding paintball outing, he absorbed a pummeling that teammates still haven't forgotten.
As Matheny recalls, enough paintball pellets remained for one final round, which would not be over until only one man was left standing in a battle that pitted pitchers and catchers against position players.
"They lined us up and we took off running right at the opposing team," Matheny says. "All of a sudden, my hopper comes open and all my paintballs fell out. I'm reaching for the ground, trying to put balls back in my gun. I end up getting reloaded and I took another guy's gun."
At this point, think Arnold...