Ringside, er, clubhouse postgame
Sorry, but with less than 12 hours until first pitch on Wednesday, I don’t have much to say about tonight that I haven’t written on MLB.com. I’m not shocked the Cardinals took exception to Brandon Phillips’ poorly chosen words and trash talk. I would not be stunned if there are suspensions levied.
Anyway — here are some quotes from both clubhouses:
“[Phillips] tapped Yadier and the umpire like he always does. Yadier didn’t like it and said ‘I’m not your so-and-so.’ The next thing you knew, it was on. One thing led to another. Guys were chirping. Some guy said ‘be quiet.’ One of their coaches, [Jose] Oquendo, I told him to be quiet. Tony told me not to talk to his coaches. I told him a few things and he told me a few things. I heard some stuff out of the back and the next thing you know, it was on again.” — Dusty Baker
“I was trying to go in and trying to break people off. As soon as I knew it, I had like 20 people pushing me all over to the net. I already had my back to the net with my feet up.” — Johnny Cueto, who kicked several Cardinals players, including Jason LaRue and Chris Carpenter.
“I don’t think it was a big mystery there was some tension going into the game. It got ugly right there at the beginning. I was tired before my first at-bat.” — Scott Rolen
“Me and Dusty exchanged words, and then the next thing I know, I was in the net with somebody kicking me in the back, from behind, where I was held down. Nobody was doing anything. I wasn’t throwing any punches. Nobody was throwing any punches. We had some guy kicking me in the back who ends up kicking my backup catcher and splits his face open. When you see him, you’ll see, he could have done some real damage. He got him in the side of the eye, got him in his nose, got him in his face. Totally unprofessional. Unbelievable. I haven’t seen anything like that.” — Cardinals RHP Chris Carpenter
And Carpenter on Rolen: “It was fine. I think what happened was Scott grabbed me and they thought we were doing something, and that’s when that bull rush got me. Scott was just pulling me out, and I was fine with that until I ended up on the net getting kicked.”
“We’ve been around a long time. If you look back, he’s had issues with other managers because he’s for his club and the [other] manager is for his club. That’s part of being responsible for your team. It’s never personal. It was the managers for two teams that were having a problem.” — Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa on his heated exchange with Baker
“I was ready to start the game, and he touched me. The comments that he made yesterday, that he’s got no friends over here, why are you touching me then? You are not my friend. So don’t touch me. You don’t have to touch me. If we’re not good for you, you’re not my friend.” — Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina
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