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I love Carlos Z. too and of course Miggie. Why would anybody think these guys are ########?
i'd probably be annoyed with him if he wasn't a cardinal, so i'm just going with fiery competitor!
So basically I don't think you're correct on this.
Cueto cleated someone in the face and ended his career! That's like Pete Rose status.
I think the AJ as an ####### thing is overblown.
He was a part of that irritating Twins team, but there was no particular incident.
He lollygagged his way through 1 year in SF, and was "playing cards" instead of doing pitcher reports. Sounds bad.
A man with such a sensitive noggin should have been nowhere near a brawl, had he really been worried about it. All Cueto's kick did was hasten what was a rapidly approaching end, as Mr. LaRue had gotten to the point where he was routinely suffering concussions on foul tips. The whole "My stars, he ended his career" line from Cards fans is the most overblown nonsense that came out of that sillliness.
Now let me say up front that I love A.J. He's one of my favorite players. But this is selling him short. He was already pretty well disliked around the league when he was with the Twins. He had the whole nut-punch incident in SF. And he only solidified his rep while he was in CHicago (though I agree the Angels playoff thing and baserunning move is not a legit reason to think he's an #######).
Cueto was rightly suspended for this, but he was shoved into and trapped up against the net/fence in a scuffle started by Carpenter, and then Larue was aggressively going after him. Larue only got kicked in the face because he WAS RUNNING DIRECTLY AT A PINNED CUETO. I think it's a bit much to act like he walked up behind an innocent victim and shivved him. And "ended his career" is a bit of an exaggeration, no? He was a 36 year old no hit backup catcher. It sucks that he got a concussion and post concussive symptoms, but his career was already over.
Yep. If LaRue didn't want to get hurt, he shouldn't have involved himself in a brawl. That's what happens in fights: People get hurt.
The whole "My stars, he ended his career" line from Cards fans is the most overblown nonsense that came out of that sillliness.
Anyway, the following season, the A's made a big stink about getting revenge. In the first game, they play each other in 2003, Zito is cruising along having allowed just one hit through seven innings. In the eighth, he accidentally plunks AJ with a curveball (there was no way he was going to hit AJ as the tying run - especially with a curveball), but AJ absolutely yukked it up catching the ball in his arm pit and waving it at Zito while talking #### and walking to first base. He continued yelling at Zito from first base. Next at bat, pinch-hitter Bobby Kielty hooks a long flyball just foul. Next pitch, he homers and the Twins win 4-3. Just a masterful performance by Pierzynski.
Also Pierzynski is a flaming a-hole who I hope gets suspended for PED's someday.
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