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Jim Edmonds and the Cardinals bury the hatchet

Jan 18, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

Things got a bit testy between Jim Edmonds and Tony La Russa when Edmonds wore a Cubs uniform.  Base on his appearance at La Russa’s animal rescue benefit yesterday, it seems as though at least Edmonds is willing to put those few months in a Cubs uniform behind him:

Upon arriving to the stage as fans cheered, the 39-year-old Edmonds
took the microphone from La Russa and told him he would play for free
in 2010 if the Cardinals would have him.

Edmonds
later recanted and said he would play for the minimum salary of
$400,000. But he did seem sincere about his desire to return to
baseball after not playing since the 2008 season, and the Cardinals
would seem to be a fit for him given their inexperience and youth on
the bench.

Edmonds said he was “challenging” La Russa to give him
a shot. Kiddingly, La Russa told fans he wished he would have skipped
Edmonds’ appearance on stage.

Between this and McGwire, I guess it’s prodigal son week in St. Louis.  Who’s next? Joaquin Andujar?

  1. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2010 at 8:40 AM

    If they haven’t already done so, it would be nice to see LaRussa and Ozzie Smith kiss and make up. Having the acolyte telling the god when he can and can’t come down off Olympus for a beer strikes me as a bit perverse.

  2. (Not That) Tom - Jan 18, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    “Edmonds said he was ‘challenging’ La Russa to give him a shot. ”
    As if La Russa would ever pass up the chance at doing shots.

  3. frpm the lou - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:36 AM

    If he’s in playing shape and will really play for cheap, why not give him a chance? He’s good for the team and the city.

  4. Fast Eddy - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    The problem is that you would have one less spot on the roster for a young player or another pitcher, etc. etc. You can’t carry dead weight just to “try it out”. their must be some expectations that he could help the team.

  5. Omega - Jan 18, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    It wouldn’t hurt anyone to tender him an invite to Spring Training.
    If (well, when) he doesn’t make the team, they can throw him a bone and give him a scouting job.

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