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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pujols, La Russa absent as Obama honors Cardinals

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Tuesday dubbed the St. Louis Cardinals the “greatest comeback team in the history of baseball” thanks to their thrilling late-season charge into the playoffs and death-defying, seven-game triumph in last November’s World Series.

[...]

Two key figures of the championship season were absent. Manager Tony La Russa retired after the series. And star Albert Pujols signed a $240 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels in the offseason.

Classy!

Tuque Posted: January 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. GIANTlhbASS Posted: January 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM (#4039076)
double-post
   2. GIANTlhbASS Posted: January 17, 2012 at 11:39 PM (#4039079)
FWIW, Pujols missed the '06 W.S. celebration at the Bush White House for a previously planned humanitarian mission in the D.R.
   3. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: January 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM (#4039109)
Two Glenn Beck fans don't want to meet Obama. Big Whoops.
   4. Something Other Posted: January 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM (#4039111)
@3: yeah, I'm having trouble seeing a problem here.
   5. Jay Z Posted: January 18, 2012 at 02:05 AM (#4039125)
They aren't on the team anymore. I know when they did this with the Packers, players who leave as FAs don't go.

However, hypocrite Mark Chmura didn't go to see Clinton after Super Bowl 31 because he didn't like Clinton's morals. So there is that.
   6. ...and Toronto selects: Troy Tulowitzki Posted: January 18, 2012 at 02:34 AM (#4039134)
Why? Did Chmura have a problem with Lewinski's weight?
   7.     Hey Gurl Posted: January 18, 2012 at 02:37 AM (#4039135)
LaRussa is republican? Is there anything at all likeable about him?
   8. LionoftheSenate (Brewers v A's World Series) Posted: January 18, 2012 at 03:32 AM (#4039143)
LaRussa is republican? Is there anything at all likeable about him?


Uhh, he's a lawyer?

Okay I'll try again later.
   9. GIANTlhbASS Posted: January 18, 2012 at 03:42 AM (#4039146)
He's a big animal rights guy -- though that might be an offshoot of the misanthropy.
   10. zonk Posted: January 18, 2012 at 08:43 AM (#4039195)
In possibly related news, the Secret Service detained a man passed out at the wheel of his vehicle at the WH gates...
   11. morineko Posted: January 18, 2012 at 10:10 AM (#4039248)
Just looked at the pictures. Who's that White House staffer behind the First Lady?...wait, that's Jason Motte. Oops.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2012 at 10:19 AM (#4039257)
Why? Did Chmura have a problem with Lewinski's weight?


He thought she was too old. I mean she had already graduated high school!
   13. Charles S. will not yield to this monkey court Posted: January 18, 2012 at 10:28 AM (#4039264)
You beat me to it, RoyalsRetro. I need to log on earlier in the AM.
   14. cardsfanboy Posted: January 18, 2012 at 12:27 PM (#4039408)
They aren't on the team anymore. I know when they did this with the Packers, players who leave as FAs don't go.


Arthur Rhodes supposedly confirmed that he was going, and he's not on the team.

Pujols has been keeping away from the team since he signed, I don't think him not going has anything to do with politics. TLR? I don't know.
   15. rr Posted: January 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM (#4039414)
I think there might be some minor sniping/backlash if Pujols went--not based on his politics, but based on his FA decision. I would guess Pujols wants to avoid that.

LaRussa is in his 60s. He may just not want to go, perhaps partly due to his politics.
   16. bunyon Posted: January 18, 2012 at 01:02 PM (#4039449)
Pujols didn't go because he couldn't pass the background check. /conspiracy
   17. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: January 18, 2012 at 01:09 PM (#4039452)
Pujols has already been to the White House before, to meet President Coolidge.
   18. Randy Jones Posted: January 18, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4039461)
He's a big animal rights guy -- though that might be an offshoot of the misanthropy.


Isn't LaRussa a PETA supporter? That would mean he absolutely is not a "big animal rights" guy, but actually a loud-mouthed attention whore and/or a ####### moron.
   19. Swoboda is freedom Posted: January 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4039468)
Pujols has already been to the White House before, to meet President Coolidge.

He was also invited to the Wilson White House, but turned that one down based on Glenn Beck's recommendation.
   20. Bob Evans Posted: January 18, 2012 at 02:00 PM (#4039504)
Pujols didn't go because he couldn't pass the background check.

Pujols didn't go because his background check would reveal his true age!

Edit: And I see GB had a far better joke.
   21. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: January 18, 2012 at 02:03 PM (#4039509)
Isn't LaRussa a PETA supporter? That would mean he absolutely is not a "big animal rights" guy, but actually a loud-mouthed attention whore and/or a ####### moron


He's actually kind of in the middle of those two positions. He and Marv Levy (who called hunters murderers)are the two animal lovers in coaching/managing that I'm aware of.
   22. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 18, 2012 at 03:01 PM (#4039578)
Pujols didn't go because he couldn't pass the background check. /conspiracy


That actually happened to Delonte West of the Mavericks.

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