Sunday, March 25, 2007

What a pair of crybabies

Maybe it's the fact that St. Louis is home to Anheuser-Busch, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has just posted its second stunningly stupid column about Tony Larussa's DUI arrest. This time, Bernie Miklasz attacks the critics of LaRussa, concluding with a thundering put-down of anyone with the temerity to say anything negative about the incident, calling them "sanctimonious haters." Here's the last 3 grafs of this stomach-turning nonsense --

So you'll have to excuse me if I don't sign off on the opinion that La Russa is being handed a get-out-of-jail-free card because he's a baseball celeb. If La Russa were a sales manager or restaurant manager instead of a baseball manager, his arrest would have received no public scrutiny outside a small circle of family and friends. But La Russa's error in judgment became headlines, a lead TV story, fresh chum for sports-talk radio, and an increase in page views for Internet bloggers. A good but imperfect man made a mistake, and this stain of red wine will stick to La Russa's reputation for a long time. He's received a life sentence of insults and scorn.And so I ask the sanctimonious haters: Isn't that enough punishment for you?

For anyone who's read this far and wants to know what all the fuss is about, I direct you to the Mothers Against Drunk Driving web site at Here's one item from the site --

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2005, 16,885 people were killed in alcohol-related crashes - an average of one almost every half-hour. These deaths constituted approximately 39 percent of the 43,443 total traffic fatalities.


Anonymous Dan said...

And don't forget: LaRussa is a lawyer (or he at least has his law degree). As an officer of the court, he should know better than to do what he did.

5:34 PM  

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