The Cardinals Would Like You To Join The Crazy

Tony LaRussa seems to rapidly be losing his ability to shut his mouth, and I'm not sure that it's the best thing for clubhouse unity.

We all remember when Mad Tony ran Scott Rolen out of town on rails. Well, with Rolen gone, he's apparently had to find new targets.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is annoyed that second baseman Adam Kennedy skipped the team's annual Winter Warmup fan fest.

"I'm disappointed he's not here," La Russa said. "This is a statement we make to our fans: 'Thanks for coming out,' and he's not here."

La Russa said Kennedy owed it to the team, especially after the manager stuck with Kennedy for so long despite his struggles on offense.

To be quite frank, I'm not sure I'd show up to a fan event after a season where I'd slugged .290 either. (That's right - that's his slugging percentage.)

But LaRussa doesn't stop there!

"In the first three months of the season, his playing time was extensive when he really wasn't productive," La Russa said. "I really gave him the benefit of the doubt a lot, to the detriment of a guy like Aaron Miles."

La Russa said even if Miles had a big day in a spot start, he'd go right back to Kennedy. The manager said that won't be the case this year.

That ignores the fact that Miles hits like Theriot and fields about like Todd Walker. (A younger Todd Walker, to be fair.)

And LaRussa apparently has some harsh words for the Imperial too:

La Russa was also unhappy with utilityman Scott Spiezio, who showed up late for his autograph signing session on Monday.

"That's one dot off his resume," La Russa said. "I don't care what the excuse was, that's not a good way to get started."

You know what's also a dot off your resume, Tony? Drunk driving. Funny how nobody decided to hold your feet to the fire on that one.

It's like having front-row seats to a full-dress performance of Mozart's famous operetta "How To Lose Your Clubhouse" with an all-star cast. Wow.

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