St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt will spend today's day off getting married.
The 51-year-old Shildt managed both St. Louis split-squad games on Thursday, with the wedding party attending the evening game in West Palm Beach against Washington.
He’ll trade the crack of bats for the clang of bells on Friday before returning to the ballpark on Saturday to manage again.
Shildt’s bride-to-be, Michelle Segrave, has family in South Florida, one of the reasons the couple chose the date and location.
Holding a ceremony during the baseball season, which can run from late March until early November, didn’t make much sense to the couple.
Nor did a November ceremony, a traditional wedding month for people in the baseball community, because it would force friends within the Cardinals community who tend to scatter after the conclusion of the baseball season to reconvene only a few weeks later.
If the impending nuptials are distracting Shildt, his players haven’t noticed.
Throughout spring Shildt has deflected the few questions he’s been asked about the impending ceremony. The NL Manager of the Year started having a little more fun with the situation as the big day grew closer.
Several members of the Cardinals’ organization are expected to attend the ceremony, but Shildt purposefully didn’t invite any players.