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La Russa: Fans, media are hoping for altercation

Posted on: October 9, 2011 9:50 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2011 10:21 pm
Tony La Russa

By C. Trent Rosecrans

MILWAUKEE -- The first pitch after Ryan Braun's first-inning homer in Game 1 of the NLCS came in high and hit Brewers slugger Prince Fielder. The crowd booed, home plate umpire Gary Darling warned both benches and then … nothing happened.

For all the pre-series hype about the dislike between the Cardinals and Brewers, there were no fireworks, no scuffles, no words and no fisticuffs. The fact that many expected -- or even hoped -- there may be more, rankled Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.

"I think there are some fans, or media, that are going to be disappointed if there isn't some crap flying this series, and that's a shame," La Russa said. "I don't want our payers and their players to be egged on, and I don't think they will (react). We're going to play as hard and good against each other as we can."


Players from both sides were asked about the tension -- and Darling's warning -- after the game, and it was dismissed.

"Every team you play at the end of the season is going to be a rival -- Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Philadelphia -- they're going to be  rival because we have to win games," Pujols said. "You guys are the ones who are building everything up, I said that yesterday. You try to pick and fire up this series. I don't think we need the media to fire up this series.  Everyone's going to be ready to play, this is the postseason. Whatever happened in the regular season, you turn the page and you can't let that come into the postseason."

Nobody seemed to think Garcia's pitch was intentional -- and they certainly didn't after he followed the plunking of Fielder with four straight balls to Rickie Weeks and 10 total pitches out of the strike zone.

When asked if he thought Garcia hit him on purpose, Fielder said, "no, not at all."

Still, Darling may have been trying to set a tone, to let both sides know that if anything happened, there would be quick action from the umpires.

"I'm sure the umpire and crew knows it (wasn't intentional), we've had our disagreements. But the guy hits a home run, the next guy gets hit -- I certainly can't fault the umpire," La Russa said. "But you know, you can't go out and argue those things, or you get thrown out. I didn't say anything. What I would have said is, if you watched the way Jaime pitched that whole inning, every fastball he threw was in that same area, out away from the right-hander or in on Fielder. They just looked bad, but he was just trying to get the ball somewhere near the glove. But I don't fault the umpire."

While La Russa had no problem with the umpire, he's not real happy about the constant talk of a rivalry from those covering it.

"I think it's a real disservice to the competition," La Russa said. "I think both teams have talked about with what's at stake here, we're going to compete as far as we can correctly."

Still, Brewers starter Zack Greinke, who said Saturday that the Brewers players didn't like Cardinals starter Chris Carpenter, said he did hear Cardinals' players yell at him from the bench, but that's hardly unusual in baseball.

"They're yelling from the dugout some, but most teams do that," Greinke said. "Everyone always makes fun of me grunting when I throw a fastball. It's kind of funny sometimes, but no big deal." 

La Russa, Pujols and others can try to deflect it as much as possible, but there is a palpable dislike between the clubs and a clear difference of approach and philosophy in how the game should be played. While La Russa said things will happen when you play a team 18 times in a season, they seem to happen more to the Cardinals and any team that challenges them in the division, be it Cincinnati in 2010 or Milwaukee this season. It may be the right thing to deny there are any hard feelings, but it's obvious that it's not just the media that feels something could erupt at any moment -- Darling did as well, and that's why there were warnings.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:05 pm

La Russa: Fans, media are hoping for altercation

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Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: October 10, 2011 10:15 pm

La Russa: Fans, media are hoping for altercation

LaRussa is 100% RIGHT.  Today's media is so, so controversy driven that it really has trouble reporting anything "straight" any more.  How many times have we seen/read "from anonymous sources" when some clown from the media prints something that creates a bunch of crap only to be found later to be an unfounded, worthless rumor?  And then of course, if in fact it does actually hurt someone or someone's career, out comes the apology card AFTER the damage has been done. 

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 7:29 pm

La Russa: Fans, media are hoping for altercation

Duh, fans are always hoping for an altercation.  Tell us something new why don't ya.  For petes sake they get all excited about a squirrel.  Of course they'll get revved up by an altercation.

Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 6:23 pm

La Russa: Fans, media are hoping for altercation

if you're referring to the pitch they hit braun with then you are as dumb as tony larussa when attempting to say his alphabet.  Obviously you are not an intelligent baseball fan, my wife can tell the difference between a fastball and a changeup...

Since: May 28, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:56 pm

La Russa: Fans, media are hoping for altercation

It was an offspeed pitch retard...get your eyes checked...Noone cares who you like or don't a WS and then you can talk trash...till then, you are a bunch of posers who just talk...

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:19 pm

La Russa: Fans, media are hoping for altercation

Whatever Tony.  I'm stilling laughing when Morgan kept calling Pujols "Alberta".  Ha!!!!!!!! 

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 4:21 pm

La Russa: Fans, media are hoping for altercation


Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 3:57 pm

La Russa: Fans, media are hoping for altercation

I'm a huge Cards fan, and there are a lot of things that LaRussa does/has done over the years that I don't agree with... like hitting the pitcher in the 8th spot.... I've seen it lose them more games than it has won them. But bottom line is he is the manager and he's going to run things the way he wants, say what he wants, and do whatever he feels gives them the best chance of winning. I can't argue with his success... NLCS almost every other year.... not too shabby. As soon as Milwaukee or Chicago wins a WS, then us Cardinal fans will start listening to what you have to say. Until then......... just shut up and help us count our WS trophies.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:53 pm

La Russa: Fans, media are hoping for altercation

Lets get something straight.  La Russa has his pitchers intentionally throw at Braun and Fielder everytime these teams play.  This has been going on for years now and everyone who watches these games knows this.  La Russa is a b**ch and I can't wait to see his team get ousted from the playoffs.

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