Friday, April 8, 2011
So Much For That New, Loveable La Russa; Cardinals Manager Gets Pissy After Six Games
By Chad Garrison
on Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 7:17 AM
vowed to be more "loveable"
in 2011, following criticism that he often acted like a haggard, old sourpuss when addressing the media -- especially during post-game interviews.
Now, just six games into the season, La Russa seems to have forgotten that pledge. During Wednesday's post-game press conference, the Redbirds' manager snapped at reporters and then stormed out of the room when asked a few times about the team's lack of offense this year. The Cardinals have lost their first two series of the season and have scored no more than three runs in any one game.
Below is La Russa's response to the final question before walking away from the dais. The text, however, doesn't reflect La Russa's bitchy demeanor. For that, you got to check out the video clip over at Fox Sports Midwest
and then ask yourself, "What's not to love?"
"For everybody listening out there, do you think I am being unreasonable?" La Russa said. "It's the first week of the season. I mean I don't understand this. You are going to tell me that Yadier doesn't drive in big runs? You going to tell me Albert can't hit? You going to tell me the second baseman and shortstop havent hit?
"David Freese, you don't think he's going to hit? You think Matt is going to hit? You think Colby is going to hit? You think Berkman is going to hit? The answer is no to all those things? I mean did you accomplish your goal? Three or four times you ask so I get excited and get upset. I mean that's not fair. It really isn't."
La Russa then walked out of the room, putting an abrupt end to his post-game press conference.
When he re-signed with the Cardinals last October, Tony La Russa