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Tony La Russa thought the Brewers were up to some funny business last night

Aug 2, 2011, 8:07 PM EDT

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You might be surprised to learn that Tony La Russa had a bizarre complaint about something last night. OK, probably not.

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that La Russa filed a complaint with umpire chief Gary Darling about some lighting issues around home plate at Miller Park. Apparently the Cardinals believed that the home plate area was darker when they were batting than it was for the Brewers.

And wouldn’t you know it, the Cardinals lost the game 6-2.

Anyway, the Brewers heard from the commissioner’s office and were given no edict to change anything with the lighting.

“It’s all been handled,” said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. “I really don’t have any comment on it.

“We didn’t change anything. There was no reason to change anything. What was brought up, nothing had to be changed.”

While this sounds like a baseless claim on the part of La Russa, Haudricourt writes that whispers of the Brewers “cheating” at Miller Park are nothing new. It’s only natural, since they are a major-league best 40-14 at home this season as opposed to 21-35 on the road.

  1. proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    Now that he no longer has Rasmus to kick around, La Russa needed a new scapegoat.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:50 PM

      Lets see what song your signing in 3 years when Rasmus is hitting like Snider has the past 3 years

      • Mark - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:38 AM

        Is there any particular reason this worthless troll hasn’t been banned yet?

      • cintiphil - Aug 3, 2011 at 10:43 AM

        And, Rasmus is off to such a fine start too!

  2. paperlions - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:19 PM

    Tony, please, just STFU. No one wants to hear anything you have to say…just. quit. bitching.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:27 PM

      He needs some cheese with his whine.

  3. hittfamily - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:33 PM

    He’s just mad that the economy didn’t collapse like the rest of his tea-party buddies had hoped. According to his good buddy Glenn Beck, something something something, something something something, Obama is a Nazi/fascist/communist.

    • kopy - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:08 PM

      You got your politics all over my baseball.

      • hittfamily - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:40 PM

        Sorry. Debt deal and Tony LaRussa complaining about nothing just seemed to blend in the homogeneous mixture that is the NBC webpage. I actually meant to “Brewers” and not “Obama”, but I typed it wrong.

    • skids003 - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:36 AM

      Take your political BS somewhere else dude. No one wants to hear your drivel on the baseball page.

      • hittfamily - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:48 AM

        fuck off

    • spudchukar - Aug 3, 2011 at 11:56 AM

      Hey Hitt, While it is true that LaRussa and Pujols attended a Glenn Beck rally, and briefly shared the stage with him, they both submitted caveats to their attendance. They were there to receive awards, and made it clear to anyone who doesn’t want to castigate them, that they were not there in support of Beck or his cohorts.

  4. jimbo1949 - Aug 2, 2011 at 8:35 PM

    Taking lessons from his buddy Beck, repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth. If even in your own mind.

    • skids003 - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:37 AM

      That’s a liberal lesson. And your reality can also change from moment to moment, to whatever suits you at that moment.

      • hittfamily - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:51 AM

        “Take your political BS somewhere else dude. No one wants to hear your drivel on the baseball page.”

        You are a gd hypocrite.

  5. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    I think something suspicious and possibly borderline unsavory is going on there. Those home/road splits are crazy. It wreaks of shenanigans or high jinks….even maybe monkey business.

    • Travis Reitsma - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:44 PM

      or small sample sizes and luck

      • paperlions - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:48 PM

        That would get my vote…what do they do during day games? Turn the sun down? Turn on shadow machines? Release locusts?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:51 PM

        I heard they shine undetectable lasers into the opposing teams eyes.

      • jeffa43 - Aug 3, 2011 at 1:07 AM

        They play in a dome… so, ya… a big steele shadow machine… turn the A/C high enough, you could get snow..


      • spudchukar - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:02 PM

        Here is what I do know. When the Cards were batting early in the game, the announcer Horton an ex-Big League hurler, noticed how dark the park was. He went on to say he thought it had something to do with the roof configuration, and that the park had grown on him and believed it was an enjoyable place to play but that the area around/behind home plate was dark but that the rest of the field was probably well enough lit for the players in the field. Whether this has anything to do with the issue LaRussa raised, your guess is as good as mine.

  6. zoellner25 - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:06 PM

    TLR, what a douche. How would he know? He wears sunglasses all the time. It always looks dark to him. Go Brewers!!!!

  7. paperlions - Aug 2, 2011 at 9:33 PM

    Five runs in the 4th, highlighted by a 3 run homer by Jaime Garcia….Brewers must have forgotten to dim the lights that inning.

  8. drmonkeyarmy - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    The Brewers announcers are really laying into the Cardinals. They were not amused by the plunking of Braun.

    • paperlions - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:41 PM

      Motte rarely has much idea where the ball is going, that’s already his 5th HBP in 50 innings this year. There are all kinds of things to rip on the Cardinals about…but sucking at throwing strikes probably isn’t one for the opposition to choose.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:50 PM

        They seemed to think it was intentional. They were calling the Cardinals whiners and said Motte was “bush league”. The admonishment went on for a decent bit. I turned back to the Phillies game so I might have missed some other comments.

      • paperlions - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:55 PM

        That’s just fucking stupid. Tony pretty much never orders a Cardinal pitcher to hit anyone because he hates it when his players are hit….and Motte unleashed FBs that hit the screen on a regular basis. Being reactionary in one way communication is probably really satisfying though.

  9. paperlions - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    Great, now he is Tony LaRussaing, that always works out well….not atypically, three pitchers, three hitters, bases loaded, no outs.

    • paperlions - Aug 2, 2011 at 10:55 PM

      Whew. I’m sure that was the plan all along.

  10. metalhead65 - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    what’s this?Larussa complaining after losing a game? the shocking thing here is that is against another team other than the reds who he whines about win or lose. every time they open their mouths they prove Brandon Phillips was right about them. and spare me the reds suck this year we know it but it does not take away what Phillips said being true. can’t wait to hhim and cards complain the next time somebody takes out their guy covering second like they did against the cubs. I hate the cubs but it was a dirty play and he would have been the first to call them dirty had it been the other way around.

  11. tgifinley88 - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Larussa is just pathetic. it was obvious that earlier that inning saito did not try to hit pujols. he had 2 runners on with none out, and the ball tailed on in pujols. it was very obvious that motte’s pitches were intentional at braun, and a warning should have been issued after the first pitch that barely missed him. Larussa did the exact same thing a few years back against the brewers, but luckily ron roenicke is smart enough not to get in a bean ball war with him, unlike ned yost.

    • tgifinley88 - Aug 2, 2011 at 11:59 PM

      and hey look at yadier molina getting thrown out after screaming at, bumping into, and spitting on the umpire all over a good strike call. stay classy st louis………

  12. shaggytoodle - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:13 AM

    There will be a letter from MLB to the Cards now.

    Molina makes a complete donkey of himself, and it was a perfect pitch.

    La Russa is always thinks teams are out to get him and all sorts of conspiracies.

    The Cards are just a bunch of whiners the last few days and it obviously starts from the top.

    • chrisernst82 - Aug 3, 2011 at 2:07 AM

      Who else “whined” i watch most every Cardinals game and see no whining. Also watch every post game as well and La Russa hardly ever complains or blames the other teams. Your just another ignorant Cardinal hating HBT loser who is whining about whining.

      • paperlions - Aug 3, 2011 at 3:03 AM

        I am a Cardinal fan, and I am tired of LaRussa whining all the time about things. Compared to other managers, he complains about this kind of silliness more often….he’s always whining about something.

        But yeah, the pitch to Molina wasn’t close, at least 6″ outside.

      • shaggytoodle - Aug 3, 2011 at 12:55 PM

        Did you see Molina whining about that strike call last night?

  13. chrisernst82 - Aug 3, 2011 at 1:44 AM

    Wow is all i can say to anyone who actually seen the pitch to Molina and thought it was a strike let alone a perfect pitch. On two different stations i see the strike box or pitch tracker whichever you wanna call it and watched the whole game live and that pitch was one of the worst calls of a strike ive seen in forever. Almost a whole foot off the box. Also if you have any doubts why dont you watch some of these brewer games and see some of the cheap shit they do like 6′ 5″ Hart tackling Skip at second, i guess its only bogus if the Cards do it. Oh and that pitch was on purpose no doubt about it. Shouldnt be trying to treat us like punks its common knowledge you hit a Card especially Pujols you will get hit back, its the only reason he even stayed in the game for an extra inning cause hes our hardest thrower. Larussa won his 2,697th game tonight can any of you say that about your coach.

    • metalhead65 - Aug 3, 2011 at 2:51 AM

      the difference between the cardinals and everyone else is that the times Albert has been hit like this game and the one against the reds is that it is so obvious they are not throwing at him in those situations. yes it sucks that he got hit but until they pass a rule that says you can’t throw inside maybe he should not crowd the plate. of coarse you want to protect your guys but only when they do it on purpose not when it happens in situations where it loads the bases with 1 or nobody out. cause you know that really helps the home team right? since there was nothing done about the lights and the cards won tonite will tony say anything about them now? classless whiny bitches!

  14. bigleagues - Aug 3, 2011 at 5:20 AM

    When turned on those lights take up to 10 minutes just to brighten up. When the power is cut, it will happen fairly immediately and a residual glow (though not bright) will dissipate over several minutes.

    So in order to believe this notion LaRussa has we would likely have to believe that the Brewers interspersed some dynamically controlled lighting that shines as bright as other lamps, but can be reduced on command and in virtually real time.

    I’m not buying it . . . what am I buying is that LaRussa is trying to get in the Brewers heads a little.

  15. deepstblu - Aug 3, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    Suggested musical selections for the Miller Park sound system:

    Donna Summer “Dim All The Lights”

    Bill Haley & the Comets “Dim, Dim The Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere)”

  16. thefalcon123 - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Please note: I’m saying this as a lifelong Cardinal fan….
    ….but the Cardinals really are a bunch of whiny bitches, aren’t they!

  17. huffdaddyco - Aug 3, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    In a related story, LaRussa accused Bill Belichick of videotaping Cardinals practices.

  18. cintiphil - Aug 3, 2011 at 1:17 PM

    Are we sure that Eddy Stanky or Leo the lip were not TLR’s father? That sounds a lit like the dirty tricks of old.

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