October 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) throws to first as Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe (5) runs in the second inning in game three of the National League Championship Series baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Best Revenge


I didn’t watch the game last night. I read the box score, and perused the post mortems on the internet, so I have a good idea of what went down. Not much to be happy about other than another typically terrific Wainwright performance, that was then spit on by his teammates. Those always irritate me more than anything else in baseball.

The Dodgers got an even better performance from their starter. They didn’t spit on it, they just behaved like the prima donnas that the rest of the baseball universe has come to expect. I know that stuff plays well in LA, the city that practices self-indulgence as an art form. The Cardinals don’t play that way, thankfully, though the way they do play, with the utmost professionalism, has been the subject of mockery and derision of late. It’s a crazy world we live in. I don’t like it much, but I am stuck with it.

I could spend time and words repeating myself about the disdain I feel for a society that views disrespecting others as a form of entertainment. I don’t happen to subscribe to the notion that players who frolic around the basepaths and gloat over the misfortune of their opponent is just “showing passion and fire ” and is “good for baseball “. Baseball doesn’t need that kind of help. But the Anti Unwritten Rules crowd would whine more stridently in their designer beer over any attempts to police that kind of behavior in the traditional manner.

So, rather than Lance Lynn putting a well placed pitch into Yasiel Puig’s back, how should the Cardinals handle it? I suggest they do it by winning the game tonight, and winning it handily. Give the Dodgers a taste of one of the beatdowns they have bestowed on other teams this season. They have the offensive capability to do it. They just need to find where they misplaced it. And while they are at it, they need to locate their defense as well. Losing a playoff game is bad enough. Losing a playoff game while playing like the Bad News Bears before Tatum O’Neill and Jackie Haley show up, is not remotely acceptable.

I want to see a much better performance out of the Redbirds tonight. The fans deserve it after what they witnessed last night. Re-focus and find what has served this team well all season and let the Dodgers do as they will. I’ve always said you can’t control what others do, you can only control how you respond to it. So respond in a manner that shows the world the Cardinals are in charge of their destiny and the rest will take care of itself.

Tags: Adam Wainwright Los Angeles Dodgers NLCS St Louis Cardinals

  • Stacie Wheeler

    Utmost professionalism? Oh come on. So Wacha & Yadi celebrating like they won the WS after striking out Puig & Uribe in game 2 was ok but Puig getting excited over what looked like a sure HR wasn’t? And then Wainwright crying like a baby to the media after about Gonzo, and Yadi kicking around dirt.. Both teams are riled up, it’s the playoffs. Acting high & mighty is more self-indulgent than Puig’s bat flips any day.

    • LasordasLair

      Don’t forget about Molina’s fist pumping after tagging out M.Ellis at the plate in game 2 Stac. Why is it ok for the Cardinals or other teams to wildly celebrate? But the Dodgers can’t do it? Such a double standard. They can dish it out, but they can’t take it. Sorry guys, but you are in for more bat flips, and A-gon bombs.

      • Daniel Solzman

        Being happy after a strikeout is one thing, but to flip your bat on a ball that stays in the park is SHOW-BOATING.

        • LasordasLair

          All the Cuban born players bat flip. It’s common over there. It’s not directed at anyone in specifics. But yes, fist pumping, bat flipping, it’s all show-boating. Fist pumping wildly after a strikeout in the first inning, or a play at the plate is just as much show-boating as a bat flip is. The Dodgers can show their flare just as much as any other team can.

          • mrlyngreen

            Sorry, but there is a big difference between fist pumping with your back turned to the field, or walking off the field, and bat flipping and staring down a pitcher. One is individual celebration of your accomplishments; the other is in an “in your face” to the pitcher, which is disrespectful. If Yadi had fist pumped in Ellis’ face then you would have had an argument. He didn’t.

          • LasordasLair

            LOLZ what are you talking about? Molina fist pumped for lke 3 solid minutes in Mark Ellis’s face. We didn’t say anything. Puig wasn’t starring down Wainwright, he was watching the flight of his ball. If you watch the replay you can plainly see that he’s not even looking at Wainwright. Come on, calm down. You act as though there is a chip on your shoulder or something. You’re being unfair. If the Cardinals can wildly celebrate the Dodgers can too. We didn’t say anything when Wacha fist pumped like he had won the world series. That’s Baseball. It’s called passion. You’re over-reacting. just watch the games and stop acting as though the Cardinals are the moral compass of all on-field celebrations.

          • mrlyngreen

            The fist pump that I saw was Yadi with his back turned to the field on his knees with his head down. Ellis was nowhere near.

          • LasordasLair

            omg, He was sitting on home plate fist pumping for at least two full minutes. Do you want me to send you the image? It was immediately after M.Ellis was tagged out. what makes you guys the sheriffs of celebrations? No offense, but just watch the games and get over it.

          • mrlyngreen

            No, because I saw it. He was at home plate on his knees with his head down fist pumping. He was not in Ellis’ face because Ellis was already walking off the field.

            It’s clear to me that you can’t see the difference, so this continued argument is pointless.

          • Lauryn

            No offense, but your timing’s wrong. Couldn’t have been more than five seconds that Yadi fist pumped, and he didn’t even look at Ellis, he looked at the crowd. Because Cardinals fans love when Yadi makes a play at the plate, and especially in extra innings for the last out that would’ve given the Dodgers the lead (and the win) if Ellis had been safe. Yeah, he definitely doesn’t have any reason to show an little happiness or emotion.

          • Lauryn

            Yep, just went on YouTube and timed it. Five seconds exactly. NOT two minutes. And he didn’t gesture to Ellis at all. Look at the video before you over exaggerate.

          • mrlyngreen

            I have not, nor will I ever proclaim the Cardinals as the moral compass of anything. But at the same time, to assert what Puig does is innocent is ridiculous. His actions have repeatedly been criticized by others as over the top. I have even heard Vin Scully express dismay at Puig’s antics during a broadcast. Passion is one thing, being a persistent, in-your-face hot dogger is quite another.

          • Lauryn

            Uh, Yadi more like fist pumped for three secinds , he got a pat on the back, and then walked off the field. He didn’t even gesture to Ellis. Your statement is invalid.

          • Lauryn

            Well sorry if it offended you when Wacha struck out both batters with a bases loaded situation when we were only leading by one. Sorry that he fist pumped and showed a little happiness for getting out of it. Sorry that Yadi turned his back to the crowd and fist pumped because he was happy for his teammate and happy that they had gotten out of it. But I’m not sorry for hating on Puig because he acts like he’s freaking god after he gets a freaking triple when he’s gone 0-12 with how many strikeouts? I think it was seven last time I checked? Yeah, the Cardinals have no reason to celebrate a little, you’re right. *sarcasm*

          • LasordasLair

            I don’t have any problems with the Molina Fist pumps, or Wacha, or whatever. It doesn’t bother me. It’s just Baseball. We never said anything when it happened. We’re not the ones complaining about celebrations. YOU ARE. YOU’RE THE ONES TAKING THE TIME TO COMPLAIN ABOUT A BAT FLIP. But hey Puig was just happy because he got a triple, and gave his team a 2-0 lead. And Gonzalez was just happy for his club because his big hit gave the Dodgers an important lead over a good pitcher. They were just being happy too. You guys can’t tell other teams how to celebrate. You are not the police of celebrations. It makes you guys look like whiny complainers. Stop being a bunch of whiny babies. You want your bottles???. There will be more bat flips and A-gone Bombs if the Dodgers win. Get over it. The Dodgers can celebrate however they want at home. And remember it was the Cardinas who nailed our best hitter in the ribs, fracturing his rib.

          • Lauryn

            You aren’t seriously blaming the Cardinals for that, are you? Because that’s immature. People get hit by a pitch all the time in baseball. It just happened to hit him in the wrong spot. Trust me, Ramirez has been in my prayers the past few nights, and I thought it was awesome that he toughed it out and played last night. But the Cardinals would never injure a laer on the opposing team. That’s like blaming the Pirates for when Josh Harrison ran into Yadi at the plate and Yadi had to leave the game. It’s just the way thay the game is played. I wasn’t judging your celebrations. If I remember correctly, in your first comment, you sajd , “Don’t f

          • LasordasLair

            No I don’t think the Cardinals hit Hanley on purpose. At all. I think it was 100% accidental. Just saying Dodgers have reason to be really upset, but we’re not. We take it all in stride.

          • Lauryn

            The Cardinals have a reason to be upset too. Do you know that every game that I’ve watched, the announcers have said nothing but good things about the Dodgers and anything but good things about the Cardinals? It’s been that way since the first series. No one us cheering for the Cardinals except for us Cardinals fans. No one wants to see 12 in 13 moment but Cardinal Nation. It’s not just the Dodgers fans that have been upsetting the Cardinals fans..but fans all around. And even though we have a good team…no one seems to respect that type of thing anymore.

          • LasordasLair

            You must be watching a different broadcast. First of all the games are in TBS, and TBS is a station owned by Ted Turner. Theyre a braves station. And they hate, hate the Dodgers. The announcers are extremly anti-Dodgers. I have seen half hour ling segments on TBS and MLB Network going on and on about how great the Cardinals are, and the “Cardinal Way”. They hardly even talk about the Dodgers. But even if what you were saying was true, that’s not the Dodgers or Dodger fans fault. Go look at our site. We have nothing against the Cardinals other than we’re playing you guys in the NLCS right now and want to beat you. We don’t write terrible articles about the Cardinals like you’re writer did about the Dodgers and Dodger fans. If you’re looking for sympathy, I cant really give you any.

          • Lauryn

            I’m not trying to get you to have sympathy for us. What I do want you to know is that I understand the bad end of insults to my team. Of course, I’m not a Dodgers fan, I don’t know the insults that you get. But don’t trash my catcher, and I won’t trash your outfielder.

          • Lauryn

            You may think that it’s easy, being a Cardinal fan. Because we always have a good record. But everyone hates us for it. But have you ever heard one Cardinals fan ever give up or be down about a loss? No. Cardinal Nation is strong. It’s the best privilege I’ll ever have, being a Cardinals fan. Almost as it’s an awesome privilege to be a Blues fan, but that’s another sport.;)

          • Lauryn

            You said, “Don’t forget about Molina’s fist pumping after tagging out M. Ellis at the plate.” Who’s telling who how to celebrate here?

      • Lauryn

        If Yadi were your catcher, and he had gotten the last out in extra innings, you’d call his reaction pride. But since he plays for the Cardinals…I just believe you’re jealous.

    • mrlyngreen

      Like I said below doing things with your back turned to everyone (as Yadi did) or walking off the field (as Wacha did) is very different than what Puig did which was an “in your face” directly to the pitcher. And while I didn’t see the Wainwright interview, Waino does not “cry like a baby ” about anything, so I think you are indulging in a little hyperbole there. As for Agon, again his actions were addressed at Wainwright, not to himself in a celebratory fashion. If you want to celebrate what you did, do so, but to direct it in a gloating or derisive fashion to an opposing player is disrespectful.