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Ozzie and Tony: Not a love story
2006-05-22 10:52
by Bob Timmermann

In Sunday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith didn't have many nice thing to say about Cardinals manager Tony La Russa or GM Walt Jocketty.

Smith said he hadn't felt he belonged with the Cardinals since his last year with them coincided with manager Tony La Russa's first year as manager.

"I think everybody knows that I didn't fit in," Smith said. "And when you don't fit in . . . that's one of the reasons why I kind of backed off (of doing on-field work with the Cardinals). I won't do anything as long as the current management is in place."

At first, La Russa was trying to downplay any friction. But in Monday's paper, he changed his tone.

"Speaking personally, I don't think he would be good for our ballclub," said La Russa, who sought out the Post-Dispatch before Sunday's game. "For him to repeat those comments is really unreasonable. That invitation is no longer there.

"He's not welcome."

2006-05-22 11:51:09
1.   Xeifrank
wow, I wonder why they have such hostilities for each other?? vr, Xei
2006-05-22 11:53:44
2.   Bob Timmermann
Hell hath no fury than a shortstop scorned in favor of Royce Clayton.
2006-05-22 14:23:11
3.   Kayaker7
Can't we all just get along?
2006-05-22 17:08:06
4.   gpellamjr
This morning, talking about baseball for two hours with a Red Sox fan for two hours (what better do two ancient history grad students have to do with their mornings?), he came across an article with a similar headline and wondered what it must be about. I responded "it must be because La Russa played Royce Clayton over him in '96." I was proud of myself for being right--- I was only fourteen at the time, but even though it was only my second full year as a baseball fan, I was angry that I wasn't able to see Smith play. Well, I remember that he made an excellent play on a hard hit ball up the middle in the all-star game. Anybody remember off of whom?
2006-05-22 17:30:27
5.   Bob Timmermann
Ozzie Smith had three chances in the 1996 All-Star game. He handled one ground ball from Mo Vaughn, one from Cal Ripken, and one from Sandy Alomar. The last one was a DP.
2006-05-22 17:51:52
6.   gpellamjr
It wasn't a dp, I remember that. It was a hard chopper hit to the 2B side of 2B, if that makes any sense (thanks, Vin).
2006-05-22 20:20:19
7.   grandcosmo
When the cheering stops...

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