St. Louis Cardinals Manager Mike Matheny spoke in Effingham Tuesday at the FCA Champions Luncheon. The event was held at the Thelma Keller Convention Center, which was packed wall to wall with tables full of attendees.
Matheny was introduced by Luke Hohlt, who is the area representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Hohlt also spoke briefly about the importance of being bold in your faith. He highlighted the recent National Trail Conference Tournament Championship game between Dieterich and Altamont, which saw both teams join in prayer at mid court once the game had ended.
Before the Cardinals manager took the stage, Chicago Cubs pitcher and South Central graduate Spencer Patton led a prayer. Along with Patton, professional baseball players Ross Wolf, Nick Gardewine, Chad Green, and Sam Thoele were also in attendance.
When Mike Matheny stepped on stage to speak he began by expressing his gratitude for the support he has received. He then began speaking on his background, which includes 30 years with FCA. Matheny also spoke on finding his faith when he was 16, and how that has led him to live his life since.
Matheny also shared stories from his childhood, playing career, and time as a manager. He recalled asking Hall of Famer and former Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa for advice, to which LaRussa replied “Learn Something New Every Day.” When Matheny asked what else he should do, LaRussa repeated the phrase. Matheny then talked about “E.D.G.E.S.,” which is something he asks of his players, and attempts to do himself. The letters stand for Education, which includes the lesson from LaRussa to learn everyday; Discipline, which is about making the right decisions; Grit, which references toughness and competitiveness; Energy, which relates to positivity and Enthusiasm; and Selflessness, which is about helping and giving to others.
Matheny closed his speech calling on those in attendance to be bold with their faith.