For one thing, let’s not pretend LaRussa is anything other than a first class jerk. Rasmus would hardly be the first player LaRussa has feuded with, and the list isn’t completely made up of hot headed young rabble-rousers either. His most notable recent feud was probably the one he had with Scott Rolen, a respected veteran, multiple gold glove winner, and a guy who’s generally gotten good reviews for his “clubhouse presence” in Toronto and Cincinnati since leaving St. Louis. No, the only common denominator in these situations is LaRussa himself.
On the other hand, LaRussa is a notorious backroom politician, and it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if he had deliberately soured Cardinals’ fans on Rasmus in order to force the Cardinals to trade him for more pitching. I assume it doesn’t need to be said that Rasmus is spot on in his summation of LaRussa’s managerial style.
The only strange thing in all of this is that the Cardinals continue to let LaRussa win these fights and run talented players out of town.… Click here to read the rest