Results tagged ‘ Tony La Russa ’
Hmm, is that Walter
Pitching duels get dull,
so Tony tries three times but
can’t quite get thrown out.
turned fight with ump into a
Check out the video of Yadier Molina fighting with the ump and leaving his catcher’s equipment scattered on the field in disgust. Tony got tossed too, for coming to his catcher’s defense. Tony kept his uniform on.
Yay, TLR signed a 2-year deal yesterday to stay with the Cards. I greet this news with tremendous relief. This gives me confidence that the Cards management is committed to winning next season, or Tony no doubt would have taken a hike. It’s also good this is a 2-year deal so we won’t have to worry about this for a while , which is good because we have plenty of other things to worry about.
Like most Cards’ fans, I sometimes get frustrated with Tony and the way he seems to overthink things, but still I’d much rather have the team in his hands than anyone else’s. His record speaks for itself, as does the loyalty shown to him by players like Edmonds, Isringhausen and Pujols.
Tony declared that one of his first priorities would be mending fences with Scott Rolen. Personally, I wouldn’t mind if we just traded Rolen and started over. I’m more interested in us hanging on to Eckstein.
Anyway, thanks, Tony, for sticking with us in the Lou and not being tempted by the bright lights, big city of NY.
Joe Torre got a 1-year contract extension from the Yankees and promptly told them they could stick it. I love it. True, maybe this is what the Steinbrenner family wanted Torre to do, since they lowballed him on the offer, but it’s still great. The Boss gets away with a lot of abuse, but his threat to fire Torre in the middle of the division series if the Yankees didn’t win (and they didn’t) was way more of a distraction than a motivator and just plain disrespectful. Like Farrah Fawcett in The Burning Bed, Torre reached a point where he couldn’t take the abuse anymore, and now it’s the Bronx that’s burning.
Everyone thinks TLR is on the short list of candidates for the Yankees job. Some are saying he wouldn’t be able to handle the media. I’m still hoping Tony stays with us but I can see where he’d be tempted to take on the ultimate challenge.
So your reclusive blogger returns and will hope to document the off-season better than she documented the season. Maybe this season is best left undocumented?
I didn’t pay very close attention to the Cards in the 2nd half of the season as I was dealing with a lot of heavy stuff. So I don’t have a lot of insights to share on the Cardinals’ collapse. It just seemed like a cursed season from Tony’s DUI to Carpenter’s injury to Hancock’s shocking death to all the other injuries to Mulder’s inauspicious return and on and on. It’s amazing we hung in the race as long as we did, and, obviously, that’s only due to the overall weakness of our division (and the Cubbies sure went out of the playoffs with a whimper…).
Now I’m upset about Walt Jocketty’s firing and worried that Tony will leave, too. I feel both of them brought a lot of success to this franchise and, lest we forget, a World Series championship just a year ago. Sure, there are times I’ve questioned them – and times when Tony’s overthinking infuriates me – but I’d rather have LaGenius managing this club than anyone else I can think of (unless, Whitey, can we coax you away from fishing?). Maybe if Tony goes and the Yankees lose and Steinbrenner has to make good on his evil promise, we can hire Joe Torre back? That wouldn’t be bad.
Oh, I did have some fun this summer even without baseball. Check out my pics from Burning Man.
Well, the big news of the week in Cardinal Nation was Tony La Russa’s DUI arrest. I was certainly surprised by that news. I won’t condemn the guy, although it’s certainly not role-model behavior. I would blame his vegetarianism. He probably didn’t eat much for dinner, so a couple glasses of wine put him over the limit.
I note a sharp contrast in media commentators’ opinions on this incident here in LA vs in St. Louis. In Friday’s Los Angeles Times, T.J. Simers wrote: "According to the Associated Press, when La Russa walked onto the field before the Cardinals’ game ‘many fans stood and applauded.’ Unless they were expressing their appreciation to La Russa for not killing someone while driving drunk behind the wheel, the fans certified themselves idiots, while also giving everyone another reminder how some sports fans consider their sports heroes god-like – no matter what they do." Come on, TJ, "idiots" is a little harsh…and "certified idiots"…geez…
Meanwhile, in the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Bill McClellan argued the arrest would probably gain West Coast Tony some respect from local Bud-swilling fans: "So the news was shocking. It’s a shame, I said to myself, which is what
a sinner should always say when another sinner stumbles. And I thought,
except for the fact that La Russa probably doesn’t have 160,000 miles
on his car, it could have been me."
I’m somewhere in the middle. I don’t think Tony deserved a standing ovation for being a drunk driver, but I do think he deserves our forgiveness and "there but for the grace of God go I" understanding. I think he made a good apology in his statement and took responsibility for his actions. The arrest doesn’t change my favorable opinion of the man. I happened to meet someone at a pub crawl yesterday who volunteers for Tony’s Arf Foundation and attested to what a good guy Tony is and how involved he is in the organization during the off-season. Mindful of this week’s news, I made sure to walk home from the crawl.
Read more about it – The Smoking Gun has copies of the police reports.
TLR made good on a bet with his daugthers. He bet them if the Cards won the World Series he’d get a tattoo. He got a tribal design wrapping around his shoulder and bicep. Just think – if he’d gotten a large tattoo of Ozzie Smith, kinda like the one Scott Spiezio has of his wife, that might have ended their feud.
My third and final Spring Training game was Monday, Cards v. Astros at Jupiter. We got to the park 2 hours early again and watched some batting practice on the practice fields. Bill Parcells was there, chatting with Tony. Maybe we should hire him.
Saw some of the pitchers taking BP, and also Taguchi, Rasmus, and Duncan. Many Cards stopped to sign autographs, including Izzy who signed for all who gathered.
Our seats were in the field boxes just beyond 3rd base, so we had a great view of the action. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much action on the Cardinals’ side as they lost 5-0. On the positive side, Wainwright had a great start. He went 4 innings and gave up 2 walks but no hits. Unfortunately, things crumbled when the relievers came in, with Smith giving up 2 runs, and Kinney looking a mess and giving up 3 runs. I wasn’t surprised to hear today that he’s got an injury. I hope it’s not serious, and he can get back to his old form before too long. Something was definitely amiss with him in the 2 appearances I saw.
There aren’t many offensive highlights to report. Preston Wilson struck out twice, which caused much cheering from the drunk Astros fans in our section. Spiezio had 2 hits.
Duncan started off the game with 2 sliding/diving catches in left field that gave me hope for him, but then reality came crashing back in as he misshandled and dropped a much more playable fly ball a couple innings later.
My dad wasn’t feeling well so we cut our trip a bit short and skipped Tuesday’s game in Ft. Lauderdale. I wish we had stuck around for today’s home run derby at Dodgertown!
- War is Over - I was excited to read in today’s Post Dispatch that TLR and Scott Rolen have patched up their feud. Did the talks end with Rolen banging a cleat on the table? Nah, It sounds like it was a pretty easygoing resolution. I guess they realized their contracts were both long enough that it would be tough to just pretend the other didn’t exist a la junior high. We definitely need these guys to see eye to eye in order for a healthy clubhouse vibe, so this is great news.
- Let’s chirp – I’ve added new chat functionality to the sidebar. If it works, it should tell you when I’m online and you can send me a msg and I’ll respond.
- Jupiter, Here I Come – My dad and I are flying to Jupiter on Thursday and I’ll be seeing my first game on Friday. Check back for coverage and photos. I can’t wait!