Damn. Just as I was perfecting Eric “The Chest” Holmbeck’s devastatin’ “Kodiak Krunch” move…this continues on.
Even after he’s gone, and out of the way as a threat in the NL Central, the Reds are obsessed with La Russa. They’re still taking him on.
La Russa still lives in Baker’s head, still exists in the Reds’ collective consciousness. La Russa is the ghost in the big red machine. The Reds lead the NL Central, and La Russa is a civilian. But TLR has changed the rules of engagement, and he’s clearly winning the psychological battle with Baker.
The Reds lost Sunday’s game at San Francisco, and it’s no surprise, considering the way Baker went after Tony again. Poor Baker. He could be searching for La Russa’s phantasm in the attic, or looking under stairwells for strands from La Russa’s old Prince Valiant hairdo.
Memo to Dusty: when you return to your manager’s office, check the light fixtures. La Russa may have secretly installed a surveillance device. And the “fan” that sits by the Cincinnati dugout, taking photos of Reds players? It seems innocent enough. But the guy could be working for La Russa on a spy mission. Have him frisked, Dusty.
This is hilarious. The Reds are convinced that La Russa is out there, somewhere, plotting against them. They are certain that the diabolical La Russa played dirty roster tricks to enact his black-hearted revenge against Phillips and Cueto.