In this very space on Tuesday, we noted the Brewers have put together a video touting catcher Jonathan Lucroy's candidacy for the All-Star Game. He's been awesome this year and deserves to be at Target Field next month for the Midsummer Classic.
If you have not yet seen the video, here it is:
As you may have noticed, the narrator makes sure to mention that "most importantly, (Lucroy) is not a St. Louis Cardinal."
Naturally, the Cardinals have since found out about the video. And also naturally, they are not happy about the little jab at their organization, especially manager Mike Matheny. Here's what he told MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch:
"I think you have to take it in the nature in which it was meant and it was meant to be geared toward their fan base," Matheny said. "It was just amazing that it was that much directed at our organization. I think that part probably caught me off-guard the most.
"Not saying that's surprising. We've gone through this the last few years, especially last year with the Cardinal Way stuff getting blown way out of proportion. I think it can put a bad taste in a lot of peoples' mouth. But in defense of the recognition that our guys have had -- whether it's having a number of guys on the All-Star team -- that stuff isn't just handed out. These guys have worked hard for that. They have deserved it, and they have earned it, and I don't think that's anything for us to apologize for."
According to Langosch, Fox Sports Midwest offered to answer back with a video of their own, but the Cardinals requested they not do that. Matheny said that is "not something I'm interested in. It's an easy no."
I don't know, I think this is all fun. Anything to spice up the generally stale All-Star Game is good in my book, even if division rivals take jabs at each other. Casual fans love it and people are talking about it.
It's too bad the Cardinals aren't making a video of their own. Lighten up a little.