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Of course Colby Rasmus’ dad ripped Tony La Russa yesterday

Jul 28, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

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Here’s something you coulda set your watch to yesterday: as soon as Colby Rasmus was clear of the Cardinals, his father, Tony Rasmus, slammed Tony La Russa.  He claimed that, contrary to what La Russa says, he wasn’t working with Colby on his hitting. He thinks that La Russa is simply a control freak who was looking for someone to go after and Colby was an easy target:

“Tony needed pitching and wanted to force the GM into making a trade, so he belittled Colby to the fans … Tony would like to have 25 pitchers, like he thinks he has to put his stamp on every ball game. They had nothing else to trade. I think everyone is better off now … There are three or four guys in the St. Louis clubhouse right now, thinking ‘oh-oh, who is the manager going to pick on next with Colby gone?’

I’m not the biggest Tony Rasmus fan on the planet — parents of grown up major leaguers should be seen and not heard — but it’s not like he’s totally out to lunch on this stuff.

Fact is La Russa has had run-ins with a number of guys over the years. Fact is that La Russa does like to put his stamp on games. Fact is that La Russa probably would like to have more pitching so that he may one day achieve his Holy Grail of a the 27-pitcher, 27-out ballgame. Fact is also that Colby Rasmus probably will do better now that he’s out of St. Louis than he did when he was there.

But seriously Mr. Rasmus: time to zip it. You may have a couple of valid observations about the difficulty some people have with Mr. La Russa, but your comments do more harm than good for your son. And it’s not like anyone is going to win a run-in with Tony La Russa in St. Louis.  At some point you and Colby should have probably realized that.

  1. cards64 - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    caland13….if you are tired of watching Rasmus loaf in the outfield for several years, how tired are you of watching Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina not run out ground balls to first base??? No other major league manager would allow that but TLR. Those two and others like Schumaker are Tony’s favorites. If you are his favorite and do everything he tells you, you are fine. If you stand up to him, you are out!! Period!! Runs the team like a dictator. TLR has the 3rd most wins in MLB history, but he also has the 2nd most losses. No one ever mentions that tidbit. the bottomline is this….the man has a great deal of tenure in the MLB. He has a .535 winning percentage. That is barely above .500. As far as wining % goes, Tony isnt even in the top 50 managers of all time. He does act like he invented the game. For example, name me one other manager in history that bats/batted the pitcher 8th!!! He is a marginally successful manager.
    I am a St. Louisan and I simply cannot wait until this guy is out of here. I hope he takes Pujols with him wherever he goes too. I have had enough of his mouth as well.
    I wish Bob Gibson would have pitched against Pujols when Pujols hits a home run and stands there and admires it for 12 minutes!! Gibby would have rocked his world on his next AB.
    I dont even go to the Cardinals games any more because this buffoon has made a mochery of a once proud organization!!!
    Ohhhhh, and one last point…..why do we have to go out and get another pitcher when we have the best pitching coach in all of baseball? Why couldnt Duncan fix what he’s got? I’ll tell you why, because he is just as bad as LaRussa!!! Pitchers teach other pitchers on this team; not Duncan!!! Good bye to the mighty Duncan as well. CLEAN HOUSE!!!!!

  2. hooockey - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Here’s what I don’t like about LaRussa, and nobody seems to ever talk about it:

    2 Cardinals players have been killed in recent years drunk driving. 1st was the guy on the freeway drinking and toking, and talking on the phone. The 2nd player didn’t cause the accident, as the other car’s driver did and was wasted, but the player and/or his driver was drunk also (can’t recall if the player was driving or his buddy).

    Sorry I don’t remember the players names, I don’t follow baseball or the Cards enough; RIP, no disrespect meant.

    But my point is that LaRussa was busted for DUI himself. Perhaps he should have been a better example to the young players on his team who look to him for leadership, and hence follow his ways.

    • cintiphil - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

      I think you are right in one instance. You really know very little of sports and baseball specifically. ALL sports teams have used beer in the club house in the past. It was a way of celebrating a victory etc.. Also, after every game, the home team always provides food and drinks in the visitors club house as hospitality. I am sure that beer was offered too. It is not a LaRussa thing.

      I am sure the Phillies fans remember MAD MAN MACH. The manager in 1964, who after losing about 8-9 games in a row and dropping out of first place to the Cards went to the hospitality room as the players were eating and drinking (beer), overturned the table and chewed out all the players for sloppy and unprofessional play. How does that compare with TLR. Most people today don’t have a clue about real baseball players and it seems that the nanny state has crept into out sports teams. Mach was not about to reward a bunch of losers with free lunch. And, he was trying to appeal to their professional pride to do much better the next day. The result was not good, but he tried.

      • jimbo1949 - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:18 PM

        Gene Mauch?

      • mgflolox - Jul 28, 2011 at 8:05 PM

        Yeah, and look at all the pennants he won.

    • stlmojo - Jul 29, 2011 at 11:42 AM

      For a guy who doesn’t watch or pay attention to baseball you sure seem to have some true opinions about the matter. The biggest problem with the Internet is people like you typing opinions about things you know nothing about. It would be like me a male typing about what it’s like to be pregnant. You do not need to have an opinion about everything. What Tony and the cardinals do is up to those people. See you didnt spend 199 million dollars to buy the team. You don’t even watch which makes your opinion worthless.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Jul 28, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    I’m no blind follower of TLR nor a whacked out detractor who laments the loss of the likes of Brendan Ryan for cryin’ out loud – good Lord, Brendan F’n Ryan??

    Raz never fit TLR’s “grinder” profile, wouldn’t listen to vets and coaches trying to help him and was not happy in the StL environment – he’s wanted out and he got his wish. Good luck to him.

    As for Brendan F’n Ryan, I’ll give him this – at least he played his way out of StL without his Dad baiting the media with interviews and message board posts…

  4. irishuncle - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Fact is, like it or not, TLR is the manager. That’s a fact Daddy Rasmus never quite understood. Colby is a player with great potential and was given every opportunity to develop it and become a better player. He didn’t. If you want superstar treatment, at least hit and field better than your 2nd bench role player. While I wish him good luck, I fear he’s just going to be one of those could have been players. The Cardinals have upgraded their team with this move.

    • cintiphil - Jul 28, 2011 at 2:28 PM

      You are right on with this comment. The game has changed a lot in the past few years. I don’t know the if FATHER of any player in the previous era’s would have even would dare to cry about his kid not getting good treatment from the manager or not, but doubt it. If any of these guys dared to challenge the manager in the past, he may have found himself traded several times, and to the lowest teams. Even if you hate LaRussa, you have to admit that Colby’s dad has no business getting into the every day play of the ball player. I don’t care where he coached in his life, he doesn’t have the talent or ability of ANY Major League coach. If he did, he would have played this game. Too bad for Colby, because the old man will continue to interfere with the coaches at Toronto, when Colby goes into a slump, and will be ready to blame the manager and hitting coaches etc. He will insist that Colby listen to him to get out of the slump he will go into, and that may ruin his chances of making it big. Where will he be traded to then? On the other hand, maybe Rasmus is JUST a potential good player, but just doesn’t make it regardless. I keep saying just like Bay. But in his case, Bay does have injury problems.

  5. okwhitefalcon - Jul 28, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Tony Rasmus went on with Rob Rains earlier today, dude is all over the place…

    Listen hear:

    Scroll to:


    Tony Rasmus joins the Sports Zone to talk about the move of Colby

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