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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. Eric Cioe - May 23, 2010 at 12:39 PM

    So what if it was a hit and run? It’s still taking the bat out of the hands of the best player in the game. It’s still asinine. If it’s Eckstein at the plate, that’s one thing. A hit and run can absolutely be a useful baseball tactic. But not with Pujols in the box.

  2. Aztrazolo - May 23, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    That was absolutely adorable! I bet you were saving that just for an article like this.

  3. Jim Sellers - May 23, 2010 at 12:57 PM

    Hay Im a Giants fan and Pujols has beaten us like a drum,but because he is a great hitter, not because he is on something.

  4. Glenn - May 23, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Prove it or lose it! Talk is cheap and with public expression comes public responsibility. I doubt your accusation completely and you are irresponsible to make such claims unless you can prove them.

  5. philsfan1971 - May 23, 2010 at 1:09 PM

    As a life long Phillies fan and Ryan Howard fan I still think Albert Pujols is the Best player in baseball and until you have proof that he has used steriods keep your mouth shut!

  6. willmose - May 23, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Ty Cobb, Hank Aaron and yo mama all used ‘roids, fact. I guess that makes it so cause I have my magic monkey with me and my tin foil hat finely tuned.

  7. Ron - May 23, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    WHich part of “hit” don’t you understand? As I said, learn something about the game.

  8. Pops - May 23, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Pujols has to be the most obvious Roidster since ..what’s his name.. that other Cardinal.. uhh.. oh yeah….McGwire!!!

  9. CYGNUS X-1 - May 23, 2010 at 1:38 PM

    wow pujols throwing fit?who would have guessed it from the it’s always about us cardnials.these self centered jerks deserve whatever happens to them,they think there are 2 seperate sets of rules to play by,1 for them and one for every other team.let’s see you hammer a pitcher 1 day and the next day he gets out of a jam&does a little fist pump to himself and pujols starts screaming at him. carpenter strikes out a guy who then gets pissed at himself for missing the pitch and he starts going off on him nearly starts a bench clearing brawl.they take 2 out 3 from the reds to start the season then accuse them of cheating when they win the last game.yea the reds cheat so that must be why they lost they lost the series and the cardinals are the only team to complain about the baseballs used at the hitter friendly park they play in.

  10. cardsfromafar - May 23, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Pujols hasn’t been swinging all that well lately, whereas Holliday has started to pick it up. (No doubt a factor of the two having switched spots in the Cards lineup for almost a week. Given the Cards difficulty in scoring runs lately, it wasn’t a bad play to either a) start the runner in a HnR play that fell apart, or b) do a straight steal, possibly putting Pujols on first and bringing Holiday up to the dish.

  11. Judy - May 23, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    He couldn’t walk because Ludwick made the 3rd out.

  12. GimmeSomeSteel - May 23, 2010 at 2:11 PM

    Sounds like LaRussa was feeling the after-effects of the night before. It’s hard to be a genius when you have a hangover.

  13. 60eagles - May 23, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Not saying he is but one look at him tells me is on roids’.

  14. Curious George - May 23, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Not saying he is but one look at him tells me is on roids’.

    So, you are saying he is. At least be honest about that.

  15. Jack Meoffer - May 23, 2010 at 3:10 PM

    Albert should of told LaRussa to go have a drink and calm down. Oh wait, didn’t he get in trouble for some kind of drinking incident ? Tisk tisk Tony.

  16. mrgoodbar - May 23, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    LaRussa is a jerk. He think he is so smart that he is actually stupid. How could anyone in their right mind defend McGwuie when the whole world knew that he juiced. Cansesso has more cred that smash mouth LaRue. LaRue is nothing without Dave Duncan. Now that his security blanket is gone, let’s see him try to win without Dave.

  17. mrgoodbar - May 23, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    LaRussa is a jerk. He think he is so smart that he is actually stupid. How could anyone in their right mind defend McGwuie when the whole world knew that he juiced. Cansesso has more cred that smash mouth LaRue. LaRue is nothing without Dave Duncan. Now that his security blanket is gone, let’s see him try to win without Dave.

  18. StJamesgate - May 23, 2010 at 4:00 PM

    Is it possible that no manager in history has had more dirty ballplayers on his rosters?

  19. Da Real - May 23, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    I find it likely he has used PEDs. No one these days, that is amazing, can be taken at face value. I never thought, and neither did a ranking baseball insider related to me, that A Rod was dirty. I knew about Clemens, Brian Giles, Gagne the closer, and many others before it was news from my relative. All the glitters is not gold, especially these days. Look at Lance Armstrong. What more do we need to believe he is a scumbag cheater?

  20. Red Nutz - May 23, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    I’m surprised La Russa wasn’t DRUNK ………………
    Pujols should demand that La Russa walk a straight line….

  21. BluesFan58 - May 23, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Only those partisan fans above who don’t like the Cardinals are going to contend (WITHOUT proof of any type) that Pujols takes any PED, and you’ll all shut up if he signs with YOUR team next year. A couple of the posts (a Phillies fan, a Giants fan) who are true fans of the sport recognize that Pujols, even when he beats your team, is one of the great players of his generation, if not all time. He has said many times that you can test him (for PEDs) “anytime”, and that’s not something anyone who every used any would be dumb enough to say. The whole team is in a funk right now, and for someone who is as intense as Pujols is, I’m not surprised he blew up over something. He’s not entitled to? It makes him different than other players? He and TLR both say it’s over. So be it.

  22. Judy - May 23, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Sorry Paul. I responded to the wrong person.

  23. Dave S - May 23, 2010 at 7:08 PM

    I think Tony was “asleep at the wheel” for that decision.

  24. Ron - May 23, 2010 at 9:03 PM

    The Baltimore Orioles of the 1890’s.
    If you’re going to discuss baseball history, you should really read up on it. This would be covered in an Intermediate Basebal History class.

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