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I do not think that word means what you think it means

September 3, 2010

Breaking news out of St. Louis: Tony LaRussa doesn’t think the Cardinals have been underachieving.

Now, to be fair, this is the same guy who’s gone on record saying that a Glenn Beck rally isn’t political and that Chris Duncan was a legitimate left-fielder. We don’t pay him to be a wordsmith, we pay him to be a Birdsmith (ha! see what I did there?), and there’s limited value in picking apart the sometimes baffling stuff that comes out of his mouth.

But my nervous hands need something to do while the Cards try to preserve a 3-2 seventh-inning lead over the despised Reds, so let’s pause to consider Tony’s latest quote, which seems to me to imply one of two things:

1) The Cardinals are achieving! Yeah. No. They stink. They just lost 384 games in a single week to teams that they should have swept.

2) This is the best they can do! Lord, please, say it ain’t so. Does somebody need to remind Tony that he’s got a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, a couple of batting champions, a pair of Cy Young Award winners, and a potential Rookie of the Year in the dugout? Should we review the fact that at least three guys in his starting nine have seen their averages drop precipitously since a year ago?

Tony, dear, we’ve come to accept your lineup-tinkering and your bullpen-fussing and your juicer-defending. But for the love of Doug Harvey, at least do your team the service of expecting more from them than they’ve delivered lately.

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