A lot is being made about the argument that Tony LaRussa and Albert Pujols had in the dugout earlier this week. I think it’s much ado about very little.
Pujols and LaRussa exchanged words after LaRussa sent Ryan Ludwick to try to steal second while Pujols was at bat. Ludwick ended up being thrown out and the inning ended. Afterwards the spat occurred.
It’s nothing. After the game LaRussa even said that incidents like that occur once or twice a week in the clubhouse.
The bigger issue is the frustration both men are feeling, which lead to their eruption. The Cardinals were picked by many, myself included, to run away and hide with the division title. At the beginning of May everything seemed in order. The Cards were playing well and had a five game lead on the rest of the division.
The wheels came off.
Since then, the team lost the lead to the Reds and had to claw back to where they stand now, in a tie for first with those Reds. It also looks like the Reds aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. St. Louis has to dig in for a season long battle with Cincy, a battle they weren’t expecting to have. This would be enough to frustrate everyone in the organization.
In that time Pujols had one big slump, which has really been two different slumps back to back. At the beginning of the month he went over a week without a home run. Then he hit two in one game. Now he has gone ten days without an RBI.
One can see why they might bristle at each other in the dugout.
The Cards need to snap out of it, and quickly. They have two more games against the Padres, to whom they lost last night 1-0, and then start a nine game stretch in which they play the Cubs, Reds, and Brewers, all division opponents.
About the Author
Written by Gabriel Rodriguez
Born in Germany, early childhood in NYC, raised in the D.C. area, currently reside in Charlottesville, VA. Big fan of the NY Giants and San Antonio Spurs.