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Tony La Russa fires back at Jack Clark's "poopy pants" rant

Sep 17, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

As Aaron noted earlier today, monobrowed-man-child Jack Clark called the Cardinals “quitters” and said “they have poopy in their pants.”  While such a sophisticated and air-tight indictment is difficult to rebut, Tony La Russa has a law degree, so he’s trained in the finer arts of oral advocacy. Specifically, the “I’m rubber and you’re glue” defense:

“I just don’t feel like Jack has had the kind of spotless career
where he can be making judgments like that. Whether it’s our team,
pitchers, players, whatever,” La Russa said. “I think it’s a real
personal (criticism). That’s why I’m saying something about it.
It’s a very offensive quote to make. … I respect Jack a lot
because he did a good job of pulling his career together. But he
had times where there were evaluations from his peers — and I
wasn’t his peer — but his peers and his bosses were less than the
best. I’m disappointed that he doesn’t take some of that past

As a disinterested third party who also has considerable experience with advocacy and debate, I render my judgment thusly:

“Oh, snap!”

More seriously speaking, Aaron’s observation from this afternoon wins the day: Jack Clark: if you’re going to say a ballclub “quit,” you had best be prepared to say who on that ballclub quit and show your work.  Otherwise you’re nothing more than a friggin’ blowhard.

  1. walk - Sep 17, 2010 at 7:50 PM

    Oh man i see an endorsement here. Of all the idiotic comments to actually respond to a man of his age responds to “they have poopy in their pants”. Well i guess some comments just hurt and it DEPENDS on the person how much of an effect it has. (sarcasm off)

  2. Glenn - Sep 17, 2010 at 9:10 PM

    Is this the same Jack Clark that hired a financial adviser and then did his best to hide his ridiculous spending sprees from him until he went bankrupt? Jack doesn’t seem like a guy in a position to criticize anyone’s shortcomings.

  3. Mrsteve - Sep 17, 2010 at 10:47 PM

    Double DUI Larussa has a degree in getting wasted

  4. NYYCaptain15 - Sep 18, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    Jack Clark may be bankrupt but at least he never juiced unlike LaRussa’s buddy McGwire and most of the players LaRussa managed.

  5. John_Michael - Sep 18, 2010 at 8:20 AM

    This, of course, renders all arguments made by him irrelevant and moot, even when they’re right, slightly witty and a pretty good demonstration of clever lawyerly double speak.

  6. Wooden U Lykteneau - Sep 18, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Jack Clark’s 1992 season not withstanding, of course.

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