Tony Calls Out The Starting Shortstop and The Fans

Regarding the fans being "too hard" on Chris Duncan, esp. re: after his game ending PA last night, Via Leach:

"Maybe it had something to do with the fact that Valverde, [lefties are] hitting .300 versus .140 [for righties]. And did Ryan have a particularly good day? How can people ask? What's the question there? A guy who could hit a two-run homer versus Brendan doing what? Looking futile again?

"Did anybody watch Brendan's at-bats?

"Chris is a ... whipping boy. I'm so tired of the unfairness with Chris Duncan, it makes me want to vomit. You can tell anybody ... that he's getting treated unfairly. It makes me want to vomit. That's why I get upset as soon as he gets mentioned.

"They've got a great reputation in our town, but it's not a perfect reputation.

"It's a pretty clear difference [for Valverde between right- and left-handed hitters]. Plus Chris, even when he struggles, he's one of our better pinch-hitters.

"This guy is treated unfairly. For fans that have the reputation that they have, that they deserve, they do have a couple quirks that are not fair. And he's one of them.

"What's so ridiculous is, if you watch Brendan, Brendan had no chance yesterday for some reason. So he's going to do better in that at-bat? That's ridiculous if you think about it. I think it's ridiculous. And it has to do with the guy that pinch-hit. It's really a black eye for some of our fans that are not objective about him for whatever reason. I'm not sure what it is. I can't figure it out."

What is unfair, Tony, is putting in a guy who is a below replacement level player in the final at bat of the game, when you admit he is in a position to fail, and then being upset when he fails.

And, to be clear, nobody is personally mad at Chris Duncan. Most are mad at Johnny Mo for having him on the 25 man roster and not down in Memphis, others are mad that Tony La Russa continuously puts him on the field or, in this particular instance, in a high leverage situation, when it is clear t oeveryone that he is either still struggling from his fucking radical spine surgery and shouldn't be playing, or can just no longer hit.

I don't mind Tony having a virtual lifetime contract with the Cardinals, but I sure as shit mind him not being held accountable to his horrible in game decisions and the organization's ridiculous roster management (Hey, PJ Walters is still on the team!). If his only answer to criticism is to berate the fans, press, and well performing players to sacrifice one of the worst baseball players this year, so fucking be it.

But I wish one member of the Saint Louis press would remind him how terribly his teams have performed down the stretch over the last few years and that batting one of the worst OBP men on the team second, randomly sitting his best OFer, and sticking by one of the worst starters in the Major Leagues while there is an eight man bullpen during the first important series of the second half does not exactly put the team on sound footing going towards the pennant drive.

Or, they could just say:

Mr. La Russa, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

I said "good day."