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08:01 AM ET 08.11 | The Cardinals may have Brandon Phillips to thank for an inspired, tension-filled Tuesday night win. Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa didn't necessarily enjoy watching the contest from his office. He claimed that he vomited four times because his stomach was churning so violently throughout the nine innings. ... "I'd have to search long and hard, and I've been around a long time, but I guarantee you that was tied for first," LaRussa said. "I haven't had too many games in all the years I've managed that were in this category of reaching down there deep and gutting it out and playing baseball. This was as good an exhibition of that as many that I've ever been around."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tony La Russa, AP Tony La Russa, AP
August 11, 2010  08:28 AM ET

Thank you Brandon Phillips. You've always been a loudmouth tool; but, this time you've out done yourself.

Walt, I don't think you can win with this tool on your team. Your team didn't respond for Phillips because they know he's one of the biggest tools in the game.

August 11, 2010  08:32 AM ET

I knew it was going to blow up at some point during the series. It will be fun to see if the Reds can avoid the 3 game sweep or will they just fold up. Wainwright vs Arroyo - doesn't look good for the red stockings!!

August 11, 2010  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Thank you Brandon Phillips. You've always been a loudmouth tool; but, this time you've out done yourself.Walt, I don't think you can win with this tool on your team. Your team didn't respond for Phillips because they know he's one of the biggest tools in the game.

smack talking seems to run rampant in their clubhouse. don't forget votto - for his snub of nl all-star teammate marlon byrd and the very similiar words he had for the cubs.

August 11, 2010  08:40 AM ET

This is the kind of stuff I like to see - a little passion out of these major leaguers. I'm an OH boy but go Cards.

August 11, 2010  08:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This is the kind of stuff I like to see - a little passion out of these major leaguers. I'm an OH boy but go Cards.

it does kinda get you fired up...i love it! I wish they would let players go at it for a bit one on one like they do hockey players.....why not?? it might help prevent some of these pitchers from beaning batters if they know they may have to stand toe to toe with the guy they just plunked

August 11, 2010  08:53 AM ET

that had to be the biggest punk **** move from Cueto that I have ever seen from an MLBer. A very close second goes to Youklis for his **** helmet throw and then getting thrown down like a ragdoll...now that i think about it maybe Youk's performance was even more pathetic than Cueto.

August 11, 2010  08:56 AM ET

Yeah, Yadier NEVER talks smack, does he?

I still remember him trying to talk $#!+ to Manny during the '04 World Series in much the same fashion that happened last night, as the Cards were getting shellacked.

I'm not saying that Phillips doesn't have a part in this, just that the Cards (Yadier mostly, in this case) aren't exactly Saints.

August 11, 2010  08:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

it does kinda get you fired up...i love it! I wish they would let players go at it for a bit one on one like they do hockey players.....why not?? it might help prevent some of these pitchers from beaning batters if they know they may have to stand toe to toe with the guy they just plunked

If they would've let Molina and Phillips go at it, Molina would beat his **** sent him to bed without dinner and make Phillips call him daddy.

August 11, 2010  09:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yeah, Yadier NEVER talks smack, does he?I still remember him trying to talk $#!+ to Manny during the '04 World Series in much the same fashion that happened last night, as the Cards were getting shellacked.I'm not saying that Phillips doesn't have a part in this, just that the Cards (Yadier mostly, in this case) aren't exactly Saints.

the difference is that no one can understand when Yadi talks. I know I never know what the hell he is talking about. They interviewed him after the game last night and it sounded like i was watching coverage of the wrong side of the Arizona immigration debate.

August 11, 2010  09:03 AM ET

Tony vomited four times because his stomach was churning so violently throughout the nine innings??????? he must have been drinking the cheap stuff back in his office during the game.

August 11, 2010  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

smack talking seems to run rampant in their clubhouse. don't forget votto - for his snub of nl all-star teammate marlon byrd and the very similiar words he had for the cubs.

That's what happens when you think you have everything sewn up. Cockiness has been the downfall of many teams

August 11, 2010  09:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Yeah, Yadier NEVER talks smack, does he?I still remember him trying to talk $#!+ to Manny during the '04 World Series in much the same fashion that happened last night, as the Cards were getting shellacked.I'm not saying that Phillips doesn't have a part in this, just that the Cards (Yadier mostly, in this case) aren't exactly Saints.

And the award for the dumbest post in this thread goes to...LetsPlay2.

There's a huge difference between talking smack and defending your team. Brandon Phillips talked smack in a very "me first" fashion while throwing his own team under the bus and giving the underperforming, often unmotivated Cardinals bulletin board material. Molina stood up for his team instead of being pushed over and earned the respect of his teammates (not that he needed any more).

The comparison with the '04 world series obviously comes from a self-absorbed Red Sox fan. It was hardly the best of the times for the Cardnials now was it? And Manny Ramirez...c'mon, you know he wasn't keeping his mouth shut.

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August 11, 2010  09:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Thank you Brandon Phillips. You've always been a loudmouth tool; but, this time you've out done yourself.Walt, I don't think you can win with this tool on your team. Your team didn't respond for Phillips because they know he's one of the biggest tools in the game.

I agree......I think Phillips woke the sleeping giant here a little bit.

Seeing Carpenter shoved into the backstop panicked me a little bit, CF2.

August 11, 2010  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

that had to be the biggest punk **** move from Cueto that I have ever seen from an MLBer. A very close second goes to Youklis for his **** helmet throw and then getting thrown down like a ragdoll...now that i think about it maybe Youk's performance was even more pathetic than Cueto.

I'd agree. Cueto's kicking was the worst thing I saw in the scrum last night. He should get a suspension out of that.

August 11, 2010  09:34 AM ET

Bottom line...Molina did nothing but tell the guy to not tap his shin guards when he was talking crap to the media...

Good for Yadi.

Phillips is a bum, period and his 0-7 performance in this series shows it.

Cueto should be suspended for at least 10 games for kicking people with his cleats...if you watch the replay, not 1 Cardinal is coming at him until our backup catcher got kicked, that's when he came towards him and even then he had about 8 Reds players around him.

Cueto is a punk and I will guarantee this, the Cards will throw at his head the next time he sees them...promise you that...LaRussa will not let that go unpunished.

August 11, 2010  09:35 AM ET

Lastly...you just woke up a scary team...and, you got Wainright pitching tonight...good luck Reds fans...Phillips might have just ended your Cinderella run.

August 11, 2010  09:54 AM ET

Seems the testosterone is high in this thread. He did this and he did that...bunch of suspensions will be handed down and both teams have hurt themselves for it, way to go.

August 11, 2010  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Thank you Brandon Phillips. You've always been a loudmouth tool; but, this time you've out done yourself.Walt, I don't think you can win with this tool on your team. Your team didn't respond for Phillips because they know he's one of the biggest tools in the game.

You win the prize for working "TOOL" into a posting so many times

 
August 11, 2010  10:01 AM ET

Phillips is a punk. I loved the comment one of the umps made about not tossing any of the players. How would you sort through that mess?

But I think Phillips should have been an obvious choice since he essentially started it all

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