Monday, August 1, 2011
Tony La Russa Roots For the Brewers
The friction between Rasmus and La Russa had been well documented, with the manager telling the media that Rasmus didn't listen to Cardinals' coaches, but rather his father and personal coach instead. Shortly after last week's trade, Rasmus's father spoke to the media denying La Russa's claims, but obviously the Cards felt that Rasmus just wasn't a fit for their club, which more or less means La Russa doesn't like him and didn't want him on his team. Peter Gammons pointed to a deeper issue with regard to the trade, saying "Maybe Edwin Jackson becomes better than .500, but old adage:when managers make trades, general managers often trade jobs." Perhaps a better option would be for the general manager to find a new manager who won't chase valuable players out of town.
Most Brewers fans rejoiced to see Rasmus leave St. Louis, and the one Cardinal fan I know was extremely displeased with the move, the combination of which says a lot about the trade. Time will tell whether this trade will turn out to be as one-sided as we think it is, but right now I have to assume that La Russa really doesn't want his club to win, and in fact actually cheers for the Brewers. The trade couldn't have come at a better time for the Brewers, who send Zack Greinke to the mound today vs the Cards. Greinke has given up 10 HR to left handed hitters this season, compared with only 3 to right handers.