Tony Tells Ozzie to Bark at the Moon
Yesterday’s Post-Dispatch featured an interview with Ozzie Smith in which The Wizard stated he was not interested in being involved with the Cardinals’ organization as long as the current management was in place. This was traced back to bad blood between Ozzie and LaRussa based on Ozzie’s final season, when LaRussa did not make him the starting shortstop, a position Ozzie apparently felt he deserved in perpetuity despite the fact he batted .199 the previous season, was 41 years old, and had serious arm woes. Well, Tony snapped back today and said that Ozzie would not be invited to Spring Training anymore given yesterday’s remarks, so he didn’t have to worry about RSVPing. I couldn’t agree more with Tony on this one. Ozzie really needs to forget his beef with Tony and move on. He is beloved in St. Louis and would be a great asset to Spring Training and other team functions. It’s too bad his ego won’t let him see that his dislike for the manager does not mean he needs to deprive the organization and the city of his presence. I wouldn’t argue with Tony’s strategy during Ozzie’s final year – yes, it might not have been the sentimental choice, but Ozzie still got plenty of playing time and the Cards made it to the NLCS, so apparently the manager knew what he was doing. And he still does. Go Cards! Don’t let Barry hit 715 tonight!