Touch 'Em All: Cardinals' La Russa lets fans know how he feels

The Cardinals' Yadier Molina argues with umpire Rob Drake after being called out on strikes in the 10th inning on Tuesday.
The Cardinals' Yadier Molina argues with umpire Rob Drake after being called out on strikes in the 10th inning on Tuesday. (MORRY GASH / Associated Press)
Posted: August 04, 2011

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said the fans in Milwaukee went too far on Tuesday night when one loudmouth said he hoped La Russa would get shingles again.

La Russa also called the fans "idiots."

It could be that La Russa (who has a law degree) is absolutely correct. It's also possible he did the dumbest thing of the season - letting fans know they were getting to him.

La Russa was embroiled in a nasty three-game series that concluded on Wednesday in Milwaukee. The Brewers won Monday's opener, 6-2, and the Cardinals complained about the LED ribbon scoreboards around Miller Park giving the home team an unfair lighting advantage. (La Russa also said the dog ate his homework.)

The Cardinals took a tense game on Tuesday, winning, 8-7, in 11 innings. Bean-ball warnings were issued to both benches after the Cards' Albert Pujols and Milwaukee's Ryan Braun were hit by pitches.

St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina confronted umpire Rob Drake after being called out on strikes in the 10th and was ejected amid allegations of flying spittle.

The Sporting News reported that Molina made contact with Drake at least three times.

Molina also appeared to spray Drake twice during his rant. Drake tilted his head back both times, then repeatedly wiped his face after the argument.

Molina maintained he did not spit on Drake, saying that he was sweaty and that any contact he made with Drake was incidental. On Wednesday, Molina said he had not heard what action the commissioner's office might take. He was in the lineup.

Fast fact

If the Giants make the playoffs, recently acquired shortstop Orlando Cabrera will have made the postseason seven times in the last eight seasons and with six different teams.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other players - David Wells (over 15 seasons) and Kenny Lofton (over 10 seasons) - have ever made the playoffs with six clubs.

I raise you $100

Major League Baseball says it plans to interview Alex Rodriguez to determine if the Yankees slugger took part in illegal celebrity poker games.

A supermarket tabloid named Star Magazine quoted several people who saw A-Rod in card games hosted at Hollywood hotels and private residences. His spokesman denied he participated.

A spokesman for the Yankees declined comment.

Noteworthy

Matt Stairs, the career leader with 23 pinch-hit home runs, told CBS News he will retire. Washington cut the 43-year-old former Phillie on Monday after he hit just .154 in 56 games.

Stephen Strasburg is expected to throw Sunday for single-A Hagerstown, Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

Reds third baseman Scott Rolen had surgery on his left shoulder and is expected to miss four to six weeks.


Contact staff writer Don McKee at dmckee@phillynews.com.

Read his blog, "Incites,"

at www.philly.com/incites.

This article contains information from the Associated Press.

 

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