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Colby Rasmus: “I still got a lot of stuff going on through my head from being in St. Louis”

Sep 25, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

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The eight-player trade that sent Colby Rasmus to Toronto back in late July was supposed to have a liberating effect for the young center fielder.

His relationship with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had reached a tipping point, and most assumed that the 25-year-old would begin to flourish in a new, less mentally-taxing environment.

So far, the results have not been promising — whether you want to focus on the on-field or off-field side of the trade and its early aftereffects.

Rasmus, who is batting just .187/.217/.341 through 129 plate appearances since joining the Blue Jays, held a brief pregame chat with reporters late last week in Toronto that John Lott of Canada’s National Post described as being filled with “curious angst and ambiguity.”

Below are some highlights from Lott’s article on the presser. It’s worth reading in full.

On the topic of working through offensive struggles:

His manager says Jays’ coaches are plugging away every day, trying to help Rasmus find his timing at the plate. Yet when asked about the focus of his daily drills, Rasmus replied: “I’m not working on anything right now.”

On the ugly way things ended with the Cardinals:

He said he is eager for the season to end, for the pressure of high expectations to fade, for a few months away from baseball to dissolve the bitter taste of his final days in St. Louis. “I still got a lot of stuff going on through my head from being over in St. Louis,” Rasmus said.

On comparing the atmospheres in the two cities he’s now called home:

On one hand, Rasmus said he likes the Jays’ “laid-back” atmosphere. On the other, he seemed to miss the big crowds in St. Louis.

“There’s a lot of different things. The games are a lot slower. In St. Louis it was a packed house every night. A little different here. The team’s a little more laid-back, the coaches are a little more laid-back over here. In St. Louis, it was pretty tight-knit.”

And finally, here’s Rasmus on the topic of being labeled a “five-tool” prospect:

“It’s like I always say: Everybody always tries to put these expectations on me. I don’t say anything, I just go out there and play the game.”

Maybe Rasmus will find his groove next season or in the years to come and meet the lofty goals many have set for him, but he sure doesn’t sound comfortable. And he’s certainly not playing like he’s comfortable.

  1. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Sep 25, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Colby’s dad apparently gives poorer advise about the AL then the NL. Look for his dad to improve in the off season, so Colby should be a .220 hitter next year if he stays with the Jays. Personally, I think he smells so bad that Jays will trade him in off season for any warm body they can get.

  2. proudlycanadian - Sep 25, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    To paraphrase Len, “Leave Rasmus alone.” We have seen flashes of what he can do. He just needs time to clear his head.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Sep 25, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    I saw this article a day or 2 ago, it’s worth a “click on” to read the entire piece.

    The most damning admission is the lack of work day to day and in the off season, very disappointing.

    For those who didn’t like the trade from a Cards standpoint (me included to a degree) – this article
    will leave no doubt in your mind that he had to go regardless of what they got for him.

    • Drew Silva - Sep 25, 2011 at 5:42 PM

      Agreed. Didn’t know how to work that part of the article into this particular post, but that’s pretty incredible stuff. And adds up considering his struggles dating back to spring training.

      Also, the part of the article about the Jays trying to get him to become more of a spray hitter — rather than a pull hitter trying for homers — has to sound quite familiar for Cards fans.

      • okwhitefalcon - Sep 25, 2011 at 6:06 PM

        Without question Drew, the “spray hitter” direction the Jays are seeking sounds extremely familiar indeed.

        During the time of immediate trade aftermath, I had compared Colby to JD Drew in different clothing. After reading through the article and hearing from Colby himself confirming the long suspected lack of care and commitment on his part, one thing is for sure:

        I owe JD Drew an apology.

  4. baccards - Sep 25, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    He sounds like a gifted athlete who hasn’t had to work too hard to get through the system..a natural talent who was not taught a work ethic.. I hope he gets past his dad and learns that to produce at the big league level he will have to learn one.

  5. ditto65 - Sep 25, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    1. Does his Dad have a passport?

    2. Can you call from USA to CANADA without going through some sort of security screening?

    If the answer to 1 is yes, or the answer to 2 is no, or any combination of the two, Rasmus is screwed.

  6. Old Gator - Sep 25, 2011 at 8:21 PM

    Rasmus needs to go over to Caplansky’s Deli on College Street and have himself a grilled versht with chopped liver and red onions on rye and a big hot bowl of Zane’s unearthly cabbage borscht. Then he needs to get out in the woods this season and do some beaver hunting. Without his dad, I mean – leave a trail of bread crumbs if you haven’t got a pocket GPS. Forget St. Louis and that undrinkable faux ginger ale they sell in the sorry excuse for delis down there. That’ll do it.

    It will also help a lot if he stops whining like a kicked puppy all the time.

    • supersnappy - Sep 25, 2011 at 8:40 PM

      Gator, you have a favourite eatery in Toronto? You seem like a well-travelled guy. As for Rasmus, I really hope the Jays’ coaches and/or PR staff get on him about implying he doesn’t do much in the offseason. Maybe he can hang out with Bautista instead

      • cur68 - Sep 25, 2011 at 10:40 PM

        Christ, probably Bautista would beat the kid with a stick out of frustration with him. I don’t think guys like Bautista have a whole lot of patience for spoiled kids like Colby.

      • Old Gator - Sep 25, 2011 at 10:56 PM

        Before I got into the Ed Biz (as Tom Lehrer famously called perfessering) I was in the aviation and aerospace biz and the regulars on this virtual baseball Gulag know that I’m a pilot as well. Once you sprout wings and propellers, traveling becomes a habit, you know? But yeah, I have some very favorite eateries in Toronto. Caplansky’s is definitely my favorite deli – I assert that their cabbage borscht is life-giving and restorative – followed closely by Yitz’s (and there’s a whole story behind that, involving the wonderful poet/novelist/food critic Jim Harrison – but I’ll save that for the orfseason).

        BTW watched the first few minutes of Pan Am this evening out of dumb allegiance to my own flying days. Ugh. Aside from some deliciously pornographic views along the fuselage and from slightly behind and beneath the tail of the beautiful 707 Clipper, it lost me with the first insipid exchange of dialogue – and a flight crew of kids who didn’t even look like their testicles had dropped yet. Pan Am gave those new jets to their most experienced captains, guys who had logged combat hours in Korea (at least) and WWII, and flown the Atlantic and Pacific in DC-7Cs and Boeing Stratocruisers for a generation before the jets were introduced. The show stank of Hollywood and I turned it off pronto.

        But I digress…..

  7. saints97 - Sep 25, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    This kid a serious mental midget. I cannot imagine a player blaming his current problems on the manager he had over 6 weeks ago. And the part about him not hitting at all during the offseason last year was reprehensible. From what I have heard from players in the league, this kid was a cancer in the clubhouse, constantly “recruiting” the young players to hate LaRussa and Pujols.

    His dad has since stated that he has been forcing this trade for a while, and it was apparent in his stupid behavior. That is a toxic family, and the Cardinals have another one coming up through their system.

    And, Mr. Rasmus, I know you are reading this – f*** you from fans of baseball being played the right way. You are a pathetic, meddling father who had sold your dignity long ago. What you have done to your son and the Cardinal organization is a shame. It is even more of a shame that you are so proud of it.

  8. drew88mm - Sep 25, 2011 at 10:19 PM

    This guy is one of the biggest headcases I have ever seen, very happy the Cardinals got rid of this clown.

  9. 27xwschamps - Sep 26, 2011 at 1:27 AM

    Another case of NL player not adjusting 2 AL pitching…..

  10. cintiphil - Sep 26, 2011 at 9:07 AM

    Colby will never reach his potential. I am quite certain his old man will try to stick his nose in every situation he doesn’t like. When his coaches say one thing, daddy will try to undo their bad advice to get him on track again. After all, he coached in high school, so why doesn’t he know more than some stupid MLB coach. He has his son’s best interest in mind, not the coaches in Toronto. He knows his son better than them right?

    Anyway, you get the picture. A great potential talent who will never reach it. I think the cards are better off for cutting him lose, and I think the Jay’s will be, after the cut him next year.

  11. missingdiz - Sep 26, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Edwin Jackson is hitting .267.

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