With the Chicago White Sox in St. Louis for a three-game set with the Cardinals, STL Today has a nice profile on each team's new manager. Turns out, the surprise hire of a popular former player isn't the only thing these two teams have in common. White Sox manager Robin Ventura apparently used to babysit for Cardinals star Matt Holliday.
From the STL Today:
Ventura was the 10th overall pick after an exceptional career at Oklahoma State that included three All-American selections, the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player, a 58-game hitting streak, and untallied evenings as Matt Holliday's babysitter. Holliday, the son of former OSU coach Tom Holliday, recalls times a ballplayer would watch him and his brother Josh, who is now OSU's head coach. Ventura did it enough to coin nicknames for them. Matt was "Rat."