Matheny: 'Molina has impressed me more than any other catcher'
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny looks back at the end of his playing career in San Francisco, says the series will be a 'knock-down, drag out,' and praises his catcher Yadier Molina.
Like -- my favorite memory or two when you were with the Giants and there's somebody from that coaching staff maybe -- the year voters who was a coach when you were playing. Who influenced you as a manager. But obviously coming in and two at the end of my career here at Saint Louis and not San Francisco I was able to spend a good amount time with the tape -- -- With the Ron -- and Mark Gardner. And it's. Quality group of people over here and I was very fortunate to to be able to be a part of this organization for a for a couple years and and watch some young. Careers begin like Matt Cain. -- Tim Lincecum was on the way and now Buster Posey to the minor league system. Just and Brian save in an ownership group here's campus is closed on a great job of setting. Great. Foundation for what this organization is all about the fan base has been. -- -- -- and their support system is a nice -- -- and implement a lot of things. I'm Mike I'm not sure how much of the Giants -- series you're able to watch but obviously you're familiar -- going to Cincinnati and how tough it is to win their what's your impression of what the Giants did winning three straight elimination games at that ballpark. Yeah very impressive at some stuff part two Wednesdays -- and to late innings and then and then having home field advantage with that last at bat ball ball jumps out of there and things can turn hurry. And it's a good club and we saw plenty of Saint Louis Cincinnati this year and they come they have a good team and or. For this club to beat down like they were ago going to Cincinnati in and take take care of businesses. Sometime knows they're very proud of it should because it's not an easy task. What does that mean for the last two World Series winners here. How this series might go in when both of you had these remarkable come. Yeah I see. Syrian knockdown drag out ahead of us. You know on certain Major League Baseball has been very pleased with the the caliber of baseball this that's happened so far this post season. Then and I don't see any reason why. The excitement -- continue to Europe. In my opinion within two. Two very well around teams. Have a lot of respect for for Bruce and the Giants and and this club what they what they have and they have all the components and you've ruined baseball with a pitching. The defense and then an office you can can run up some scores and so we understand that but we're also very quick come. To look at the Bears realize we've got a pretty good club too. He's a former catchers -- -- an injury you -- to see the match of the catchers in this series we imposing and looking across what are your impressions of always been a big fan of Buster Posey. It was talked to -- -- news it was a young player come through the minor leagues Giants organization and as it didn't take too much foresight to realize that he's going to be special. Because he is make up. Leadership natural leadership skills he has and obviously concerned about a little bit. He's a he's done a terrific. Especially if you look at the -- schools he's had with. Coming back from a tough tough injury and still being able to get back behind the plate I admire the fact when nominee is conversations were going towards him moving to first base. Out of many was that he was a catcher and I understand that that mentality. But he's done a done a great job has had a fantastic season. I will however. Stand behind the fact that Tom. Yadier Molina has impressed me more than any catcher I've ever witnessed. Things that he does that are that are intangible. That you can only see about Watson every day and and Adam and watch him from very critical life. But. He's he's he has everything that today you'd ask for from a catcher defensively. And then there's some things offensively people didn't think he'd be able to do and I was just enough motivation for him to figure out how to do it. And that's -- to make up of the Yadier Molina and Adam. I know buster has to have. Lot of consideration isn't most valuable player. But from where -- I don't know I got him in Indian had conversations flow.