General manager John Mozeliak was on the bus with some players when they heard the final score from Washington and knew the Redbirds had earned a postseason berth for the third consecutive season.
The Cardinals already in the clubhouse had to find out from reporters or others because every television was tuned to football not their postseason fate.
There was no jubilation no champagne iced.
Toasts can wait.
“We’ll have a good conversation about it” said Matheny who turned 43 on Sunday. “We’ve got work ahead of us. We’ve got things we need to do.”
Hours before the Cardinals lost 6-4 to the Brewers late Sunday night at Miller Park the club already had clinched a postseason invitation. The Washington Nationals’ loss to Miami in the first game of a doubleheader assured the Cards of at least the National League’s second wild-card berth into October.
It is the 10th time since 2000 that the Cardinals will appear in the postseason and the second time in as many seasons as manager that Matheny has led the team into the playoffs.