Tony La Russa has gift-wrapped the World Series to the Rangers. Why am I bringing this up? This is, after all, a Giants blog. So let me say that I never saw Bruce Bochy come anywhere close to the deranged stylings of La Russa tonight. In fact, one could argue that Bochy's managing during September and October 2010 -- particularly Game 6 of the NLCS -- helped get the Giants into the world championship.
Orel Hershiser could barely contain himself on the radio tonight as the supposed genius Tony La Russa mismanaged the Cards into a World Series loss. Orel was understandably stunned as La Russa did his level best to give away outs -- trying to have an obviously gassed Alan Craig easily thrown out stealing in the 7th and 9th. The idea is to have a hit and run, I guess.
"It was a mix up and that's all I'm going to say," La Russa said afterward. "It didn't work."
Here he has Craig running in the 9th with the best hitter in baseball, Albert Pujols, at the plate with a 2-run deficit. What kind of hit-and-run worshipping idiot does that? You don't need to get Craig to third. You need baserunners. Of course, La Russa thinks he's smarter than everyone else.
La Russa has also just said he wanted Jason Motte to pitch in the 8th but that it was too loud to properly communicate. That's just lame, particularly considering that the bases were loaded with one out and the red hot Mike Napoli was at bat.
The MLB Network guys are now trying to say that Pujols put on the hit and run himself in the 7th, though Pujols won't admit it. I think he's trying to protect his idiot manager.David Schoenfield of ESPN blogs extensively about just how badly La Russa managed, paticularly on the pitching side.
Of course, the St. Louis media worship La Russa, who was also stupid enough to rack up a DUI in 2007. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Bernie Miklasz attacked 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? Here's what I posted four years ago --
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 www.madd.org
. 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.