And the dust settles….

Indeed, the dust has settled and the punishments handed down from the powers on high at Major League Baseball.  It breaks down like this.  The only people suspended in the 7 minute “scrum” (I adore Carp) were Cardinal manager, Tony LaRussa (left), Reds manager, Dusty Baker, (right) and roundhouse kicking, “I’m a scared little girl” Reds pitcher, Johnny Cueto.

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Fines of an undisclosed nature were handed out to Cardinal pitcher, Chris Carpenter, catcher Yadier Molina, Reds 2nd baseman, Brandon Phillips and Reds relief pitcher Russ Springer.
LaRussa and Baker have no option to appeal and due to an off day today for both teams, will serve their suspensions Friday and Saturday.  I agree with these two suspensions, as they contributed just as much as their guys did and essentially the manager is the commander of his troops.  (That doesn’t mean I don’t think they were justified.  You should stand up for your team even with punishment.)  But really how much does this matter?  With technology they still can be right there with every pitch making calls, if they want to be.

I also agree with the fines.  Even though I 100% support Molina in what he did, he was going to get fined and I don’t think he’d even argue with that.  I have no idea what Carp said, but clearly he was saying something and the umpire was right there.  Obviously, the umpire felt that what he said warranted the fine, but it wasn’t bad enough for a suspension.  Phillips deserves the fine as well for starting the whole mess to begin with and then purposely agitating Molina before his at-bat.  Apparently Springer was fined only because he was on the DL and was on the field.  I had no idea that was even a rule.  Wonder if he did.  Plus, let’s be honest….as much as these guys make, a fine is a slap on the wrist at best.

The only one that really matters in all this is Johnny Cueto and frankly, I’m disgusted that he only got a 7 game suspension.  That’s basically one start.  Big deal.  The guy was KICKING PEOPLE IN THE FACE WITH SPIKES.  There’s no way you can justify that, although if you read enough message boards with Cincy fans, they try to find a way.  No, he wasn’t trapped.  If he was trapped, how did he manage to bicycle kick Jason LaRue so hard in the face that he split his lip, gave him stitches, a concussion and a trip to the DL?  Carp was trapped and he stayed calm.  Suppan was on the freakin’ bottom of the pile and had to crawl to safety and he didn’t hurt anyone.  I would say a 21 game suspension or 3 starts would be a lot more appropriate.

And still Baker has the nerve to whine to the office about Carp and Molina not getting suspended.  What an idiot.  Carp was only going to suspended if what he said was laced with completely inappropriate comments and obviously it wasn’t.  And if you’re going to suspend Yadi, you definitely have to suspend Phillips.  Is that what he wants?  Don’t tell me Molina was more involved than Philips was.  Come on.  And again, he’s lucky that he didn’t lose a starting pitcher for a lot longer.  Then again, I never did like Dusty Baker.  And even getting out of a Cubs uniform didn’t help that.

But what’s done is done.  Even if Cueto appeals, I don’t think it will matter.  The most he would get reduced would be a game and that would still mean missing a start.  In any case, it’s over, and we move on from here.

The one positive from all this is that the Cardinals were playing with a little fire in their belly and that’s the first time we’ve seen that in awhile.  I hope the veterans in the clubhouse are able to harness that and show the youngsters what it means to really stay focused and compete hard.  There are several guys on that team who played for the championship 4 years ago and I think the sparring match with the Reds only wet their appetite for more October baseball.

For now it’s just a matter of getting there.  I think we proved against the Reds that when we send Carpenter, Garcia and Wainwright to the mound, we have a pretty good shot at taking the series, if not the sweep.  And that will do in the postseason, but to get us there we’re going to need either Westbrook, Suppan, Hawksworth or Loshe to get going and be a competitive number 4 and 5.

The Cardinal bats were hot this series.  For all the doubters that said Albert was slumping because he was putting up “only” great numbers instead of super human numbers, he’s back to being super human.  Holliday has picked up the pace as well and John Jay has been the best table setter we’ve had in quite some time.  And if these last couple games are any indication of what Ryan, Schumaker, Rasmus and Molina intend to do from here on out, I’ll take it.  We knew the Redbirds had it in them all season, but apparently it took a punk like Brandon Philips to bring it out of us.  And for that, we thank him.

Serving my one game suspension today,
Tiffany

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2 comments

  1. devilabrit

    Like it or not the Cards got off lightly in this scurmish as did the Reds, more suspensions should have been dished out… that said, the NL east respectfully requests more central division fight club scenes… 🙂

    I guess welcome back to MLBLogs is in order…

    -peter
    Phillies Outside

  2. tiffk99

    Peter,
    I agree that the punishment could have been worse for both teams but I think that Cueto got off the easiest by far. Phillips comments were stupid, but not a fine worthy offense. And what happened on the field between him and Molina is just what happens from time to time in this game. What Cueto did was just vicious and unacceptable in any form. If you’d like to see us in more fights, just ask Halladay to plunk a few of our guys. 🙂 Do you disagree with my previous post picking Wainwright over Doc for the Cy Young? Would be interested to hear a Phillies fan’s thoughts.

    – Tiffany

    P.S. Thanks for the welcome back!

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