LaRussa Helped J-Rolls Cause

LaRussa Helped J-Rolls Cause
April 4, 2006, 2:10 pm
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From Jim Salisbury on Philly.com:

It wasn't that long ago that Cardinals manager Tony La Russa used to
watch in frustration as opposing teams pitched around slugger Mark
McGwire.

He didn't want to see that happen to Rollins as the Phillies'
leadoff man chased something special in a game that was all but decided.

There were two outs in the bottom of the eighth when Rollins came
up. Anticipation hung in the air. Six months of hype had come down to
one at-bat.

Ball one. No problem.  Ball two. The crowd booed.  Ball three. More boos.

That was enough for La Russa. He got the attention of catcher Yadier
Molina and made a universal hand signal for "What the #$%&*@ is
going on? Throw a fastball down the middle and see if this guy can hit
it.
"

Not quite on the same level as Brett Favre letting Michael Strahan sack him to set a record, but a questionable move by La Russa.  Personally, I think it was a nice baseball move.  Just throwing a fastball isn't letting him get a hit.

-Rollins owes La Russa one [Inqy]

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