Who do the St. Louis Cardinals think they are?

     Before Cardinals fans find this article and rip me apart, please let me explain myself.  Last night brought a lot of things to my attention, that had previously not registered in the old cranium.  The first thing that I learned last night, the Cardinals are cry-babies.  Who files a grievance with Major League Baseball over a team enhancing the lights during their at-bats.  Is LaRussa a moth?  Knowing Bud Selig, he probably received the grievance and proceeded to shred it.  While he’s at it, LaRussa should file a grievance over the cost of beer at Miller Park, because that is the true crime.  The Miller brewery is 5 blocks away, but you still have to pay $9 for 16 oz off cold filtered MGD.  I digress…

     Last night, I saw the MOST bush-league thing in the history of baseball (over my lifetime, that is).  Look, I understand that retaliation is part of the game.  In fact, I support the “eye ofr an eye” mentality.  Takashi Saito hit Albert Pujols, but it was clearly by accident.  Saito’s intent was not to harm Pujols.  Then here comes Tony LaRussa, who decides to leave his hardest throwing relief pitcher in the game to face Ryan Braun.  It was bad enough when the guy clearly tried to hit Braun and missed, that should have proved LaRussa’s point, but it did not…I guess.  Very next pitch, the guy hits Braun right in the center of the back.  Not only does the umpire not toss the pitcher from the game, he grabs Ran Braun and tries to restrain him from charging the mound.  What is wrong with this picture?  How am I supposed to feel as a baseball fan?  It was at this moment in last night’s game that I realized, Hall of Fame skipper Tony LaRussa is just a big bully.

     After the game last night, LaRussa had this to say about hitting Braun. 

You don’t think they were trying to throw the ball intentionally up and in?  We weren’t trying to hit Braun either. We did not hit Braun on purpose. We threw two balls in there real good just to send a message. If he ducks them, it’s all over and we don’t hit him. The ball they tried to throw on Pujols was aimed right where they aimed it. Did they try to hit him? No. But there’s a small window here. You know how close that is to your face and your hands? I don’t want to hear about our tactics vs. what they did.  They did not make an intentional hit, but they tried to throw the ball up and in. It’s a very dangerous pitch and we almost paid a hell of a price. Just look at the location and potential danger of the two (pitches). That’s a dangerous pitch whoever throws it.

LaRussa has a nice career in politics ahead of him.  A great liar makes a great politician. 

     So that whole situation was frustrating, but then Yadier Molina freaked out about a called 3rd strike.  Which, in his defense was absolutely a strike, but… the ump had been calling a very conservative strike zone all night.  That pitch had been called a ball, multiple times, over the course of the game.  I can understand being upset with that call, but to freak out and start spitting at the ump is nothing short of pathetic.  Bumping chests and shooting mouth juice at him will only get you suspended.  I would think a guy like Molina, who I have unlimited respect for, would know better.  Then again, when your team is run by a senile old man, who got drunk and fell asleep in his car … at a stop sign once, these things will happen.

     It became clear to me last night, that a great deal of the Cardinals crap last night, is based in fear.  I firmly believe that the Cardinals are afraid of the Brewers and that can be a very powerful tool.  Last night the Cardinals won because Roenicke got timid.  Normally that is not the case, but as the game went on, RR seemed to get more and more conservative.  This was a game the Brewers gave away.  To have the bases loaded with no outs and score no runs, that is just sad in a lot of ways.  You have run the suicide squeeze how many times this year?  But instead you let Betancourt, Lucroy, and Lopez go out there and swing away.  That just does not make sense to me.  Not even a little bit. 

     I lost a great deal of respect for the Cardinals last night.  Even this morning, I am still not quite sure who they think they are?  Does LaRussa think that he is above the game and can get away with anything he wants?  Maybe.  Bud Selig does love to play favorites.  Even after everything that happened last night, I still have a great deal of respect for several players on the Cardinals roster.  These two teams are destined to fight until the bitter end.  The Pirates and Reds just can not keep up with the pace of the Brewers and Cardinals.

     Let me leave you with this.  Last nights game felt like a playoff game.  It was one of the most exciting games I have watched in quite some time.  Since I wrote my article last week about this team not having heart, the team has gone 7-1 (including last night’s loss).  On Tuesday night I saw heart from this team, probably for the first time all season.  There is hope for the Brewers to win this division, but the whole team has to believe in each other.  Fans believing in them will not be enough, I’m afraid. 

     If you are going to the game today, make sure and boo the crap out of LaRussa.  Last night in his press conference he called Brewers fans “idiots” .  Are you gonna take that from a drunk driving/stopping jerk, who thinks he is above baseball law?  I sure as heck wouldn’t.

Go Brewers!!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: Ron Roenicke, Ryan Braun, Ryan Braun Intentional Hit, Takashi Saito, Tony LaRussa, Yadier Molina Spitting

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  • jeffreyrroyer

    I believe throwing at an opponent after they hit one of your players has been a staple in the baseball world for 100 years… where have you been?

    It’s not like they threw at Fielder…

  • beeker

    Bush league, Busch stadium. Coincidence? I think not.

    The Cardinals have been sporting this same classless attitude for years. They can do whatever they darn well please and it’s just “a good, hard play,” but do the same thing to them and they cry about it for a month. TLR to the core.

    I don’t work for these guys, but if you haven’t seen the “Whiny Birds” tee shirts, I highly recommend checking them out. Buy one or not, it’s a good laugh. http://lookatmeshirts.com/lookatme/whiny-birds-shirt.html

  • Colin86

    @jeffreyrroyer Throw once, that’s fine. They came in on him, and that should have been the end of it. They hit him on the very next pitch, THAT was bush league.

  • grosel

    Okay I believe the the Brewers & the Yankees ack the same way! However the “Big Baby”

    Zack Greinke biggies cry baby in Kansas City for the Royals Good Luck on that one…. :-/

  • atlcard

    Who do the Cardinals think they are? They are perennial winners. Who are the Brewers? It sounds like from your whining about a retaliation shot….a bunch of wussies.

  • lou.c.olsen

    @jeffreyrroyer I agree with you 100%, but like @Colin86 said, doing it after you already brushed him back, is weak.

  • lou.c.olsen

    @atlcard Fair point, I do not care about the retaliation shot itself. I care that he tried to hit him once, then fired it at him a second time. If you read the article, I say that I am a fan of the “eye for eye mentality”.

  • jeffreyrroyer

    @Colin86 I agree, once is enough. Which is why it took 2 pitches to respond to the 2 pitches at Pujols. (One on Monday night that nearly hit him and one on Tuesday night that did hit him).

    As that Prince Fielder said, “We hit Albert. They hit Braunie. Cool. Move on.” I suggest you guys move on and try winning a World Series (or at least the NL pennant… wait, have the Brewers ever even won the Central?)

  • dnel312

    in response to the pitch to molina being a strike. fox trax showed it clearly 2 inches minimum off the inside of the plate. molina gets fired up because he knows whats being called all game long. then when its a “playoff atmosphere” as you stated he got pissed..and rightfully so. Im a cards fan..not a LaRussa fan and its been this way for me for 10 years. but the man wins. which is probably the real reason everyone in the central hates the guy from brewers fans to cubby fans..Not saying give LaRussa a break because hes a different character. but as far as the cardinals go..we only “crybaby” about things that can potentially lose the game..sounds like to me fans that bash the cardinals such as you sir only do so in an attempt to make yourself feel better about always having to fight to win the pennant..while cards fans are fighting to keep it year after year after year.

  • BanjoNut

    How kind and thoughtful of ReviewingTheBrew to encourage someone in life such as Lou Olsen. It is not often enough that the handicapped can find any gainful employment. I have heard of people that suffer from cranial-rectal-inversions, but I had never read anything written by one of them. Mr. Olsen, I would like to encourage you also. Don’t be ashamed of your condition. Write! Write! Write! And when those crayons are gone we’ll get you another batch with even more colors! It doesn’t matter what you write. Just Write!

  • BanjoNut

    How kind and thoughtful of ReviewingTheBrew to encourage someone in life such as Lou Olsen. It is not often enough that the handicapped can find any gainful employment. I have heard of people that suffer from cranial-rectal-inversions, but I had never read anything written by one of them. Mr. Olsen, I would like to encourage you also. Don’t be ashamed of your condition. Write! Write! Write! And when those crayons are gone we’ll get you another batch with even more colors! It doesn’t matter what you write. Just Write!

  • BanjoNut

    Now, the real story is this. The Brewers are for real. They are worthy. They are not the Reds or the Pirates. They are true competition and every one of the Brewers shows a personal level of commitment to winning as a team. If “my Cardinals” are going to be beaten by any team, let it be the Brewers. There is no shame in being beaten by a better team!

  • lou.c.olsen

    @BanjoNut

    Thank you for those kind words. Sadly they don’t pay me, so they really have no choice but to let me keep using the Jumbo Crayolas. To be honest Mr. Banjo Nut, (can I call you Mr. Banjo Nut) this article was written out of surprise. I have always found the Cards and Mr. LaRussa to be quite enjoyable, so last night threw me off. Please continue to support your local cranial-rectally-inverted writers.

  • BanjoNut

    @lou.c.olsen Will do. Go Brewers…Go Cardinals.