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VIDEO: Cardinals' manager Mike Matheny is rather tough

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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On the intertwined subjects of toughness and stoicism, Mike Matheny -- Cardinals manager and Lantern-Jawed Leader of MenTM -- knows a thing or two about a thing or two. In his playing days, Matheny was a skilled defensive catcher who on many occasions displayed a seemingly preternatural zeal for physical abuse.

For a towering example of same, please regard this action-news footage from 1998, when Matheny was a 27-year-old backstop for the Brewers ...

That's a Rich Loiselle pitch to the chops, that's a mouthful of bloody Chiclets and that's a deputized hombre who seems disinclined to go down despite suffering the aforementioned.

What else is that? Take it away, closing moments of The Right Stuff ...

That's Mike Matheny, Lantern-Jawed Leader of MenTM.

(Wink of CBS eye: Deadspin)

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