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La Russa, Pujols involved in yelling match

May 23, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

la russa and pujols.jpgThe Cardinals have scored fewer runs this season than the Diamondbacks, Brewers, Reds, Red Sox, Marlins, Angels, Rockies, Tigers and Mets, among others, and the frustration is really starting to build in St. Louis.  According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it may have reached a tipping point Friday, when superstar slugger Albert Pujols and future Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa shared a heated exchange in the Cardinals’ dugout.

La Russa called for outfielder Ryan Ludwick to steal second base with two outs in the eighth inning and Pujols at the plate.  Ludwick, of course, was gunned down, and Pujols was left standing at the dish. 

Albert flipped his bat and helmet in disgust, then knocked over two trays of gum in the home dugout.  La Russa yelled “that’s enough,” and after a few moments added “I (expletive) know how to manage.”

Both La Russa and Pujols played it off as a non-issue when asked to describe the incident Saturday and it sure sounds like a heat of battle moment.  But few would argue that the Cardinals are struggling, or at least under-performing in a weak National League Central division.  In fact, the Reds are currently in first place by a half-game.

  1. 515geo - May 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

    He also knows how to look the other way when it comes to STEROIDS.

  2. JEG - May 23, 2010 at 9:41 AM

    McGuire needs to start handing out PED’s. Oh wait, that’s right, they don’t help anyone hit the ball farther.

  3. JakeLeg - May 23, 2010 at 9:53 AM

    Pujols has been juicing since he was in middle school. Fact.

  4. KC Mariner - May 23, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Pujols’ reply should have been: “I (expletive) know how to hit.”

  5. Paul of Virginia - May 23, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    What is Tony thinking. Ludwick steals second and opens up first base for Albert to be intentionally walked. LaRussa may know how to manage but it appears that he sometimes forgets what works. Just let Albert be Albert and hitQ!

  6. jwb - May 23, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    “What is Tony thinking.”
    “The game is all about me. How may I demonstrate my geniusness?”

  7. KBR - May 23, 2010 at 10:12 AM


  8. Factman - May 23, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    The moon is made of cheese. Fact. I am a genius. Fact.
    See? it does’t make it true just because I put fact after it. Either give us a real story/link or shut up.

  9. KBR - May 23, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    The last two comments are right on. It’s a no-win situation. If Ludwick successfully steals, Pujols gets walked, and if he gets thrown out, the inning is over. Pretty dumb for a guy who knows how to (expletive) manage.

  10. Stephen - May 23, 2010 at 10:17 AM


  11. MW - May 23, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    LaRussa, self appointed and media anointed Genius; Pujols, the pre-eminent chemical creation of the new millenium.
    A match made in heaven. They deserve each other.
    LaRussa just has to be insifferable to be around for any length of time. Like more than 10 minutes.

  12. eddie - May 23, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    you roid idiots are so stupid……. you must be mentally challenged folks…. cause no one in their right mind would ever think pujols does performance enhancers

  13. dwt - May 23, 2010 at 10:37 AM

    RU nuts?

  14. Eric Cioe - May 23, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    If Tony La Russa knows how to fucking manage, when is he going to start?

  15. schmedley - May 23, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    The big question is, when is LaRussa going to get a haircut? It’s not 1976 anymore.

  16. Jerry S - May 23, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    Doesn’t a “yelling match” involve “TWO” people yelling? From what I read,Pujols didn’t utter a word, he tossed his helmet and knocked over trays of gum. The headline banner is deceiving. And by the way, I agree that La Russa should have let Pujols swing, all that would have done was leave first base open for walking Pujols intentionally.

  17. Ron - May 23, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Or maybe it was a busted hit and run, since Pujols has gap power and Ludwick has decent speed and an extra base hit scores him?
    Too bad all the ‘baseball experts’ can’t be bothered to actually spend time learning something about the game, instead of spending all of their time criticizing.

  18. Kevin - May 23, 2010 at 11:45 AM

    Chill Out Pujols … LaRussa will get you your STEROIDS fix. Relax man…

  19. Huh? - May 23, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    McGuire needs to start handing out PED’s.

    Ryan McGuire???

  20. jessetke - May 23, 2010 at 12:09 PM

    There is a difference between fact and theory. Facts can be proven. So, if you are dumb enough to say “Pujols takes steroids, FACT,” then prove your fact. What eveidence do you have? I’m going out on a limb here and guessing … NONE. Your troll-fu is weak, old man. Find some facts or shut the f#$% up!

  21. chris - May 23, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Cards scoring fewer runs? Who is their hitting coach????

  22. Bill - May 23, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Pujols could have (and maybe should have) been intentionally walked no matter what LaRusso decides to do with the runner on first.
    I go with the theory that LaRusso sometimes thinks he is smarter than he is and his ego won’t allow him to admit he was dead wrong. As for Pujols and drugs…prove it. As far as I am concerned (and I’m a Yankees fan for over 40 years) Albert Pujols is the best player in baseball. Period. No discussion except who is second.

  23. REG - May 23, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Jeez, what a baby Pujols is….hahaha
    So now the JUICER is throwing temper tandrums? pathetic.

  24. verno - May 23, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    As you proof of this is what? Besides being an idiot.

  25. verno - May 23, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    And except for you being an idiot, where’s you proof to your statement??

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