Tagged: Tony La Russa

Game Haiku – 4/24/10 – Giants 2, Cardinals 0

Game Haiku – 05/12/08 – Brewers 8, Cardinals 3

Yadi ejected,
turned fight with ump into a
Chippendales try-out

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. 

Tony’s Staying!

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.

Torre! Torre! Torre!

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.

Ch-ch-changes

WhiteoutTurn and face the strain….ch-ch-changes…

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.

TLR – DUI

TlrmugWell, 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.