I have no problem with what Brandon Phillips did last August. He is a professional baseball player and he ran his mouth off to the press. He also backed his words with his play – not so good in 2010, pretty darned good in 2011. He is not responsible for the things that happened to Jason La Rue.
Last night, we were treated to an interesting interview by a pair of WLW broadcasters, including Hall of Famer, Marty Brennaman. Thanks to our friends at KMOX Radio in St. Louis, you can listen to it here. If not, here is a transcript of what was said.
The grounds crew did an incredible job, despite what that whiner and excuse maker Chris Carpenter complained about the mound and the smoke after the fireworks. Travis Wood didn't. You know, it's always something when they come in here. Yeah, that's a line that Joe Pettini laid on the media, that every time they come in here, it's always something with that team. Oh really ? You might be the most disliked team in baseball and it's always the other team ? Unbelievable. It was interesting Tony La Russa's take on what happened yesterday. He's back in uniform tonight. They're back home playing the Phillies. He said he had no issue at all with the pitch that Cordero threw that hit Albert Pujols in the wrist. And his take was that there was no way they were going to purposely put Pujols on and have to deal with Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman. But you couldn't tell that to Joe Pettini, or catcher Gerald Laird or that infantile pitching coach, Dave Duncan.
Wow. Just wow.
In all fairness to Brennaman, he was not the only one speaking in the radio segment. I don’t think he said the line that will upset most Cardinals fans – “most hated team in all of baseball”. But he did make the comments about Chris Carpenter and Dave Duncan, and that’s enough for me to award him the …..
This is the type of exchange I’d expect on some small, edgy, “say anything to get some listeners” type of local sports radio station, not a clear channel legend like WLW, and certainly not from a Hall of Fame broadcaster. WLW is an institution, as are KMOX and WGN. It will be interesting to see if anything more is said about this segment.