Audio: Jack Clark Says Cards Have ‘Poopy Pants’

Former St. Louis Cardinals star Jack Clark ripped into Tony LaRussa’s charges on ESPN Radio in St. Louis this week.

Clark complimented the effort of the San Diego Padres while calling the Redbirds “quitters” who are playing like they have “poopy in their pants.

“I’m really tired of watching the effort, that’s for sure. I’m not seeing a lack of [effort] I’m seeing a pathetic effort. These Cards fans deserve much better. That’s just awful. They won’t admit it, that they’re quitters. If you can’t put a better effort out there on the field, take ‘em all out, back up the truck, ship ‘em all out and get somebody in here that wants to play baseball. We’ve got one team here (San Diego) going for the title and we’ve got our team going for the toilet. They’ve got poopy in their pants. They got skidmarks in their britches. It’s just the way it is.

“When George Steinbrenner was alive, may he rest in peace, he would never let this (happen). As an owner he would be down in that clubhouse telling them to get their head out of you know where, start playing baseball, and it better start right away, or some heads are going to roll. And they won’t have to worry about putting those heads where the grass doesn’t grow.” 

After Clark’s incendiary (and delightful I might say) remarks, LaRussa responded on Friday:

“I just don’t feel like Jack has had the kind of spotless career where he can be making judgments like that. Whether it’s our team, pitchers, players, whatever,” La Russa said. “I think it’s a real personal (criticism).

“That’s why I’m saying something about it. It’s a very offensive quote to make. … I respect Jack a lot because he did a good job of pulling his career together. But he had times where there were evaluations from his peers — and I wasn’t his peer — but his peers and his bosses were less than the best. I’m disappointed that he doesn’t take some of that past experience.”

I’m no fan of LaRussa, but Clark’s criticism was at the very least, revisionist. At worst, he was flat wrong. Read more…

Phillips On STL: ‘They’re Little Bitches, All Of ‘Em’

Hal McCoy of the DAYTON DAILY NEWS has Brandon Phillips of the Reds saying this about the St. Louis Cardinals before the first game of Cincy’s three-game set against the Redbirds last night:

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I’d play against these guys with one leg. We have to beat these guys. I hate the Cardinals. All they do is bitch and moan about everything, all of them, they’re little bitches, all of ‘em. I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear - I hate the Cardinals.”

Seeing as he “knows how to f—ing manage,” Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa took the high road and declined to dignify Phillips’ absurd comments with a response.

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AL Rookie of the Year’s Epic Beatdown Of LaRussa

The SPRINGFIELD (IL) STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER today has a baseball yarn for the ages spun by 1983 American League Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle about his former White Sox manager Tony “I know how to f—ing manage” LaRussa.

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Pull up a chair.

“My first dealing with Tony, and I don’t even know if he’ll remember that . . . he was (the White Sox’s) Double-A or Triple-A manager and I was in Class A (in spring training) and the catcher got hurt so I was in my catcher’s gear . . . my team had already left; they were at home . . . and it was Double-A vs. Triple-A. So Tony’s at third base (coaching) and the catcher gets hurt, I fill in for him, man at first and third.

“And he goes, ‘We’re not going to steal on you.’ The first thing he said. So I’m thinking, ‘I know what he’s going to do.’ Read more…

Tony To Pujols: “I Know How To F—ing Manage”

This weekend anonymous sources from inside the Cardinals dugout told Joe Strauss of the ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH about a blowup between Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols

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First baseman Albert Pujols and manager Tony La Russa on Saturday played down a heated exchange between the two after Pujols was left standing at the plate Friday on right fielder Ryan Ludwick’s unsuccessful steal attempt.

The three-time NL Most Valuable Player became visibly irritated when, with the Cardinals leading the Los Angeles Angels by four runs, Ludwick became the eighth inning’s final out. Pujols flipped his bat and helmet as he returned to the dugout then smacked two trays of gum from a bench against the Cardinals dugout wall.

La Russa reprimanded Pujols, saying, “That’s enough.”

Pujols responded and, according to eyewitnesses, the exchange escalated with La Russa telling Pujols at one point, “I (expletive) know how to manage.”

Friday’s display suggested impatience with a manager willing to open first base with him at the plate.

La Russa and Pujols predictably downplayed the incident to Strauss, which had La Russa steamed when meeting with the press on Friday night.

More interesting than the incident itself is who sold out La Russa from inside the Cardinals dugout. Strauss was able to glean from anon sources exactly what the manager said but provided no details on what Pujols “responded” with.

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McGwire Lying Confession Worse Than His Hiding

SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY has a thorough rundown of reax from the media to Mark McGwire’s steroid admission yesterday. While most opinions of McGwire’s limited contrition skew negative, none I saw called it what it really was if you believe ESPN Investigative Reporter T.J. Quinn and Jose Canseco.

Staffers in ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH Newsroom Watch McGwire Steroids Admission

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch Newsroom Watching McGwire Last Night)

Quinn was the most compelling presence in the media yesterday with his eye-popping portrayal on ESPN-TV of McGwire as a serial hardcore user (horse steroids!) who enthusiastically shared his knowledge with many a major leaguer.In addition to steroids, Quinn said McGwire was perhaps the first MLB player to use HGH, and that he introduced the drug to many other MLB players, while giving them bogus information on the effects of the hormone. Damning, ugly stuff.

Quinn’s specific claims about McGwire were based on over 10 years of reporting on the subject and hundreds of interviews with MLB players, staffers, executives and medical experts in the field of PEDs. Video of his comments after the jump.

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Cards Just Miss Out On Tow Truck Reality Series

TV WEEK reports today that Speed TV is planning “to air 10 one-hour episodes of ‘Wrecked … focuses on a sometimes risky life at a family-owned tow truck company in Chicago.

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Robert Ecker, VP of programming for Speed: “We have discovered over the course of time that while there are race fans, there are also people that have a love affair with the automobiles but are not necessarily interested in racing.”

Sadly though, it seems the Chicago-based show missed out on a major opportunity by starting the show now. Read more…

La Russa Knew About Spiezio Accident In January

Today Scott Spiezio was, thankfully, released by the Cardinals. For driving drunk, leaving the scene of an accident, throwing up at a friend’s house and then attacking that friend, Spiezio was paid a $2.4M buyout by the ballclub in a contract buyout schweet!.

Scott Spiezio Fan

More interesting is that Tony La Russa today said he knew about Spiezio’s “traffic accident” as early as January and that the Cardinals made absolutely no effort to investigate the severity of the situation.

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