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La Russa explains 'idiot' comment

Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 2:40 pm
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By Matt Snyder

After the intense, extra-innings game against the Brewers Tuesday night, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa made a comment that sounded like he was calling all fans -- or at least fans in general -- "idiots." Wednesday, he clarified his use of the term and explained why he used it.

"It's gone way too far," La Russa said (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). "When they start cursing your family ... The funniest one was a guy said, 'I hope you get shingles again.' That's just stupid."

So La Russa was singling out the fans who were getting personal with him.

He is 100 percent correct about family and health issues being too much. The sad thing is, this isn't even surprising. Whether it's Twitter, message boards, comments under articles or from the stands at stadiums everywhere, people seem to think personal shots at athletes, media, etc. are cool, funny and/or acceptable. Whether it's the dehumanization element -- thinking of athletes/celebrities as immune from feelings because they are rich/famous -- or if these people are genuinely so vile on the inside, I'm not sure. Whatever the reason, it's pretty pathetic. Just be a fan that yells at La Russa to sit down. Or attack his personality if you don't like it. He can control that. Physical health issues and families should be off-limits. Sadly, for far too many, nothing is off-limits.

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Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2011 1:25 pm
 

La Russa explains 'idiot' comment

ok larussa r u saying you have NEVER heard someone talk shit about your family before? because you just HAD to say that you heard someone talk shit bout your family AFTER you intentionally hit braun. when you nearly hit him on the first pitch and he had to back out like that then hit him IN THE BACK fans are going to react and talk shit to you about you and probably your family. you need to learn that when you do something like that you are going to hear it from ANY fans no matter WHERE you are.

on a second note going after a team is one thing, but calling their fANS out by sayin they are all idiots is just uncalled for and CLASSLESS!! the cardinals always say they have the classiest team and the classiest manager. well i did not know that thats how you show class in the majors. he needs to just shut his mouth and let the teams battle it out on the field!!

GO BREWERS!!



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:12 pm
 

La Russa explains 'idiot' comment

LaRussa has had pitchers throw at batters for 3 decades! This is not new. Because of some percieved notion that a pitcher , in a tied game, with men on first and third with nobody out, would decide that this is a good time to throw at a batter? That is just bush league. LaRussa is going to get someone seriously hurt, then he will retire. Because he couldn't stand it. He's a coward, always has been.
Hey Tony, Why don't you try this......The Brewers are the better team this year, and you are going to be lucky to stay in second place. There, isn't that better than throwing at Braun?



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:37 pm
 

La Russa explains 'idiot' comment

The game situation totally did not call for hitting Pujols.  He was mired in a slump and it only would load up the bases for Holliday who was hot.  We pitched Pujols up and in because that is what you have to do to get him out.  But there is no question we did not hit him on purpose.  I thought better of STL fans.  Most would probably be embarrassed by you.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 6:42 pm
 

La Russa explains 'idiot' comment

I am a
brewer fan and I would say the same thing.  I probably started a confrontatrion if I nheard a fan say something like that as well.  IT IS A GAME!!!!!!!  Personal insults are just plain, well; Idiotic....  LaRussa was dumb to do that in a close game they needed to win badly, which was idiotic as well, but not personal.



Since: Aug 12, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:39 pm
 

La Russa explains 'idiot' comment

I suppose Dodgers' fans should post a comment too about how great they are because they beat a fan into a comma!  You're not great fans because you bash players or managers in "hurtful" ways.  The sad thing is, fans say these kind of things in front of children and they seem to think it's okay!  Larussa will admit to throwing at Braun on purpose as soon as you admit to throwing at Pujols on purpose too!


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