Friday, August 27, 2010

Hey, Tony! Where have you been?

TONY LARUSSA, the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, rattled many of the descendants of Abner Doubleday and his flock by declaring that he would visit the Glenn Beck revival meeting at the Lincoln Memorial on Saturday. He would come, he said earlier, to introduce his star slugger, Albert Pujols, ostensibly believing that Beck merely wanted to restore everybody's honor by rallying their patriotism with another of his oratorical spasms. How dumb of LaRussa.

I mean, here's a guy who knows how to transmit signals to his players by flicking his ears and scratching his chest, who wants us to believe that he wasn't attending a political bash featuring Beck, Sarah Palin and the Tea Party cast of thousands. When asked about his unseemly agreement to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Beck, LaRussa defended his decision to accept Beck's invitation:
"I don't know who's going to be there, who's going to accept it. But the gist of the day is not political. I think it's a really good concept, actually."
Tony! How could you miss the signals?

Although the Beck Tea Partyers have been whining to get their country back, I think LaRussa has unwittingly contradicted their notions by demonstrating that he can show up any place, any time, by God, to demonstrate his personal freedom. But that also means he is just as free to be stupid by denying the political sausage that would come from the podium at the rally.

When he was a major league infielder, his lifetime batting average was .199. He just added a another strikeout to that record.


PJJinOregon said...

A strike? Looked like an error to me.

Mencken said...

So what's Pujols' excuse?

John said...

If this wasn't such a slap in the face to them memory and legacy of Martin Luther King, it would have some comic value. I love baseball. The best thing to do is what you have done. Expand the strike zone. Call these guys out.

Grumpy Abe said...

Pujols' excuse? Beats me. National media say he won't comment. But he may never see another curve ball like this one. This looks like LaRussa's misguided handiwork all the way.

John said...

Too bad they can't call an error on the manager.

ChrisChristieFan84 said...


How exactly is the Glen Beck march a slap in the face of Martin Luther King? As I type this, I am actually watching MLK's niece address the crowd about the importance of God in people's lives.

Other speakers have honored the military, the founding fathers, and the United States as a whole. Oh the horror!!! I guess in the minds of some people, that qualifies as "hate speech".

As usual, you guys are off your rockers.....

Mencken said...

CCFan84....... What I find interesting about Alveda King is the following:

She "compared marriage equality to “genocide” and warned that it would lead to “extinction.”

She criticized Coretta Scott King's " support for abortion and gay rights, saying it would bring ‘curses on your house and your people ... cursing, vexation, rebuke in all that you put your hand to, sickness will come to you and your house, your bloodline will be cut off.’

Alveeda "opposed a hospice for AIDS patients in her neighborhood".

I think that it's pretty clear that Glenn and Alveeda are ideological soul mates, but that her connection to MLK is in name only.

fargo said...

@CCFAN84...using your MLK niece logic I assume that Ron Reagan Jrs bashing of conservatives must be a true reflection of his fathers views.

Mencken said...

So Beck honors God & soldiers. That's really sticking his neck out isn't it ?

That's not the the issue here CCFan and you know it.

Grumpy Abe said...

MY TURN: IF the right-wingers want to sop up Beck's nonsense, ir must mean that they are willing to accept his ludicrous claim that he didn't know it was Dr. King's big day in history - one of Beck's many lies. What is it with you Beck defenders anyway? Ever hear of H. L. Mencken? If not, here is one of his memorable lines:

"Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public"

Or as Winston Churchill once observed (and I paraphrase): In America, anybody can make a damn fool of himself in public.!

Mencken said...

And........"When fascism comes to America it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross".

Sinclair Lewis

ChrisChristieFan84 said...


You are right that honoring God and military is not sticking your neck out. That is why I keep asking what was controversial about Beck's rally? How was it a slap in the face of MLK? I have yet to hear a good answer.

The fact that MLK's niece is pro life and believes in the traditional definition of marriage is hardly controversial. And throwing out the "F" word (fascism)only makes you seem even more ridiculous.

You guys were determined to be outraged about the rally before it even took place. Now you are desperately reaching to justify that sentiment......

Mencken said...

Beck's reputation precedes him and as I said, the Bibles and the flags don't provide much cover for him if you're paying attention.

Beck could state that the sky is blue and the grass is green to pad his credibility if he chose.
That doesn't get the stink off of him.

The only outrageous thing is that folks like you provide Beck with cover and support. Don't you have any players on your team more worthy of your respect? Aren't you smarter than that?

Is Beck as good as it gets?