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Tony La Russa Speaks His Mind

Posted By Gabriel Rodriguez On Jul 1 2010 @ 5:55 pm In St. Louis Cardinals | No Comments

I think it’s a good thing La Russa doesn’t manage the Diamondbacks.  Tony La Russa came out today and let us all know how he feels about Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration legislation.  Evidently he supports the state and their efforts to control illegal immigration.

To that I say, who cares?  What good does it serve to share your opinion?

Some of you might say, but don’t you like it when people aren’t afraid to take a side?  Of course I do.  I respect the honesty, but I think La Russa’s is misplaced.  I would care about his opinion if he were, say, a politician, or a resident of Arizona, or a politician from Arizona.  But he’s not, he’s a baseball manager.  If he gave me his opinion on instant replay for foul balls or whether to take a pitch on a 3-1 count with runners on the corners, then I would respect it, without reservation.  Celebrities, in sports or otherwise, should stick to what they know.  I don’t care what they think about anything else.

I don’t get why he would say anything.  This issue is divisive.  It’s a good bet that half of his fans are going to disagree with him no matter which side he is on.  Why risk angering half of your fan base?  Why risk the alienation?  Some people might boycott the Cardinals because of this.  The issue is that controversial.  He’s certainly not going to gain fans or sell more tickets because of this.

Mr. La Russa should also be careful what he says about immigration, considering his success as a manager is based, in part, on the performances of guys named Lopez, Molina, Garcia, and Pujols.

From now on Tony, stick to baseball.

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