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Minus Tony La Russa, Cardinals still league’s biggest dipwads

Aug 28, 2012, 10:15 PM EDT

Josh Harrison, Yadier Molina

Yeah, Josh Harrison bowled over Yadier Molina in the second inning Tuesday, knocking the St. Louis catcher out of the game soreness in his back, neck and shoulders. It was a violent collision, and the Cardinals weren’t happy about seeing maybe their best player leave with an injury.

So, of course, Jake Westbrook threw at Harrison three innings later, plunking him in the leg with a first-pitch fastball.

And, for that, I’m calling the Cardinals losers. There was nothing old school about it. It was just a whiny team not having things go its way and deciding to get revenge the only way it knew how.

Take it out on Harrison? Ridiculous. Molina was sitting there right in front of the plate, low to the ground, ready to absorb the collision. Harrison had absolutely nowhere else to go. Watch the play and tell me what Harrison should have done differently?

Look, I’m not a fan of this type of play. I’ve railed against it on this blog before. If I had my way, plate blocking would be illegal. But it isn’t, and this kind of thing is going to happen from time to time.

There’s nothing dirty about what Harrison did. If Harrison happened to be a Cardinal, every one of his teammates would have applauded his effort. He didn’t deserve a fastball to the thigh for it, and it’s mind-boggling that Westbrook wasn’t ejected for one of the most obviously intentional HBPs you’ll ever see.

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  1. saints97 - Aug 29, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    What I have never understood is why doing that to the catcher is “legal”, but if the same thing happened at 3rd base the guy would be ejected, suspended, and fined?

    Because the catcher wears a chest protector?

  2. shzastl - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Not you, chump! Sorry it took me awhile to respond to your brilliant putdown; I had a long day of flipping burgers at my McJob and then I had to wait for mom to get off the phone so I could dial up to the internet.

  3. bozosforall - Sep 3, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    The biggest dip wads in the league are the Red Sox, with the biggest on the Red Sox being Pedroia. That bald headed little twerp needs to get slapped down by the rest of the team.

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