In his new autobiography, former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa goes into detail about his former team’s rivalry with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2011.
He offers respect and praise for Brewers leftfielder Ryan Braun and former Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder.
But La Russa reserves particular criticism for Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan.
“One Last Strike,” which La Russa wrote with Rick Hummel, is scheduled for release Sept. 25.
“When you play a team 18 times during the regular season, there’s bound to be some sparks, especially when both clubs have similarly aggressive styles,” La Russa says about the Brewers. “That’s good competitive action, but what Morgan said in that same tweet - that we’d be watching the postseason on television - didn’t fit into that category, and neither did his actions in that game. What he did was: Unwise. Uncalled for. Not forgotten.”
After the game, Morgan tweeted taunting words about the Cardinals, including a reference to Pujols as “Alberta.”
“You hate to coach aggressiveness out of a player, and Morgan is a talented player who sometimes crosses the line,” La Russa writes.
“We are all familiar with the law of unintended consequences. I wonder if, knowing what he knows now, Nyjer Morgan would have acted up like he did in the ninth inning of that game after Carp struck him out.”