St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Greg Garcia is congratulated in the dugout after hitting a solo home run

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Matheny Says Cardinals Home Run Conga Line Is 'Good For The Game'

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says that kind of enjoyment is what will keep his players and the younger generation of fans interested.

April 16, 2018 - 5:49 pm

Mike Matheny saw it last August when the St. Louis Cardinals were dancing on their flights after a victory. It happened on the field, like when Yadier Molina started doing push-ups on home plate after being knocked down by a wild pitch in 2016. And lately we've been seeing it in the dugout after home runs – the conga line. 

The Cardinals are having fun and it's a lot different than the kind of celebrating Matheny did in his playing days.

"I just have to get out of my own way sometimes with some of the old school thoughts of celebration," Matheny says. "It's in our dugout, it has nothing to do with our opposition. It's about them celebrating and making a very special moment to honor their teammates even more special."

St. Louis Cardinals conga line behind Yadier Molina.
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We first saw the conga line on a broadcast during St. Louis' 5-3 win over the Reds on Friday, it came after a Yadier Molina home run. Marcell Ozuna jumped behind Molina, followed by Carlos and Jose Martinez and Francisco Pena. The celebration is believed to have been started by Pena, who just randomly came up with the idea. 

And now it's happening after more and more home runs. And Matheny isn't going to stop it. 

"I'm kind of smiling inside because this game will beat you down on a pretty consistent basis. So to see our guys celebrating for one of their teammates that's exactly what we teach, do what you can to make the people around you better and figure out ways to help them and celebrate when they do something well," Matheny says. "That's just one of those things I believe is good for the game as a whole.

"I think it's attractive to our young generation that's coming up, they love it. And I think our fans like seeing the energy and the excitement that many of us in previous generations didn't do so much."

But don't expect Matheny to get invovled in it, he says giving each player a slap on the helmet as they go past him down the dugout steps is enough for him.

And not that it's directly correlated, but since the Cardinals started the new celebration they're 3-0.