Whiny Little B******

Weak end from Bernie

In a story published this afternoon, St. Louis Cardinals beat writer, Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post Dispatch took an astonishing cheapshot at the Cincinnati Reds. In discussing the San Francisco Giants’ reaction to a questionable slide by Cardinals’ left fielder Matt Holiday that forced Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro to leave Game Two of the NLCS, Miklasz said this:

It would be easy for the Giants to take the Holliday mistake and turn it into a concocted, laughably transparent controversy. But they haven’t done that. Led by Scutaro himself, the Giants have avoided hysteria. They have declined to engage in the predictable victimization and martyrdom that we’d undoubtedly see from a team like the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds never hesitated to exploit even the smallest slight or offense (real or imagined) to whip up a manufactured storm.

Miklasz went on to say:

Had Holliday taken out Reds 2B Brandon Phillips the way he did Scutaro, I’m guessing the Reds would be depicting Holliday as a virtual criminal and a baseball terrorist. Reds manager Dusty Baker would have floated the idea of a conspiracy. He would be calling for a Holliday suspension. He may even have demanded a federal investigation. And the Reds would have found a way to blame Holliday’s tackle on Tony La Russa.

Miklasz needs a refresher course in recent history. No team has earned the reputation for being whiners and playing the ‘victim card’ more than his home team.

In recent years, the Cardinals have complained about the balls (twice), the mound and the smoke at GABP, the mound at Coors Field, the lighting on the scoreboard at Miller Park and towel waving at Dodger Stadium. They have even complained about the shadows in their own park.

They have accused the Brewers of stealing signs, the Reds of trying to hit Albert Pujols and Carlos Lee for screaming at himself.

(There are surely more examples. These took me about ten minutes to find with the Google search: St. Louis Cardinals whiners.)

Here’s what Giants manager Bruce Bochy said about Holliday’s slide (as reported in the Dispatch, I guess Miklasz doesn’t read other parts of his own newspaper):

“I really think they got away with an illegal slide there,” Bochy said. “(Holliday) really didn’t hit dirt until he was past the bag. Marco was behind the bag and got smoked. It’s a shame somebody got hurt because of this. That’s more of a roadblock.”

 

But the facts of the slide don’t really matter.

The point is the breathtaking hypocrisy of someone so closely associated with the Cardinals gratuitously pointing a finger at another club for being complainers.

51 thoughts on “Weak end from Bernie

  1. A pox on their baseball house! The only thing more infuriating than that kind of thinking from Bernie is the fact that the Cards are still playing baseball and the Reds aren’t. A pox!

  2. Just another reason to hate the Cardinals. I admire the decisions their organization makes to make them competitive year after year, but I really dislike just about everything else about them.

  3. Would someone please be good enough to go on their web page and comment on the story to point out hypocrisy and lack of professionalism of this? I tried, but I’m at work and my computer can’t handle the stupid site.

    I’m a journalist, and I really do not understand how these major-market newspapers think having such brazen homers and muckrakers covering their teams is good for business. Say what you want about my pal Paul Daugherty, but he at least offers criticism with an even hand. Same with Hal McCoy. Another reason to be thankful for what we have as Reds fans. The local writers may be a tad gutless at times when it comes to questioning management, but they are professional and don’t embarrass the organization or the fan base by acting stupid.

    Every time I see something like this, it makes me appreciate the comments Matt Vasgersian made about STL when he thought he was off air even more. Google it if you haven’t seen it. It is worth your time.

  4. This is actually quite comical. The idea that this guy has such an enormous chip on his shoulder against the Reds that he has to bring them up out of nowhere to take a hypocritical shot such as this… hilarious. Giants in 6.

  5. Miklasz is a complete joke. I’m a Purdue grad and a couple of years ago, Mizzou was in hot pursuit of our head basketball coach, Matt Painter. Miklasz reported with complete certainty that Painter had decided to leave Purdue and accept the Mizzou job. Turns out he was completely wrong and Painter signed a multi-year deal just hours later.

    You won’t find a bigger schmuck in the world of journalism than Bernie Miklasz.

  6. This is another reason to support a Constitutional amendment to ban the St. Louis Cardinals.

    I started saying this to friends as a joke but it’s becoming more and more justifiable.

  7. As soon as this happened I texted my dad and told him if that had been BP Molina would’ve been receiving a Chapman fastball right in the neck tattoo at some point in the series. Say what you want about Dusty, he wouldn’t have tolerated any WLB shenanigans in the NLCS.

  8. Why would he attack the Reds like that? Man, my disdain for The Cardinals and all associated with them just grew deeper. This was not a professional story. I have made up my mind: go Giants! I hope they take the next 3!

  9. Daugherty had a column last year just ripping Miklasz for inventing the “LaRussa code”, which says that if another team accidentally hits your guy in the foot, you hit their guy in the head.

    Basically, Miklasz is a Cardinal fan who happens to write. He’s a bozo.

    Also, factually speaking, the Giants are not happy about Holliday’s slide, and they were very unhappy about the Marlins guy last year who took out Posey (which was an acceptable play under current rules, IMO, whereas Holliday’s slide is illegal).

  10. Miklasz and Strauss are both still crying about Cueto’s actions in a brawl 2 years ago. If anybody knows manufactured outrage and whining, it’s them.

    • Miklasz and Strauss are both still crying about Cueto’s actions in a brawl 2 years ago.If anybody knows manufactured outrage and whining, it’s them.

      Well, come on now, it did supposedly end the career of future Hall of Famer Jason Larue.

    • Miklasz and Strauss are both still crying about Cueto’s actions in a brawl 2 years ago.If anybody knows manufactured outrage and whining, it’s them.

      Chris G.: Absolutely. And the statements made by LaRussa and Carpenter after the brawl game, depicting Cueto as the chief victim and kicking a defenseless LaRue in the side of the head, has unfortunately become the accepted version of the event. No mention of Cueto’s dangerous predicament. A respected San Diego radio broadcaster who has no bias towards the Cardinals or against the Reds had this to say about LaRussa overlooking Cueto for the All Star game. “If he did pass him by for kicking a defenseless man in the face, I have no problem with that.”

  11. The Cardinals are the Lannisters of baseball. They are undeniably the villains, but they just happen to be on top right now.

    They’ll get their comeuponance soon enough, led by Joey “Jon Snow” Votto.

    Always remember, redbirds, you are heading south very soon. Winter is coming.

    • The Cardinals are the Lannisters of baseball. They are undeniably the villains, but they just happen to be on top right now.

      They’ll get their comeuponance soon enough, led by Joey “Jon Snow” Votto.

      Always remember, redbirds, you are heading south very soon. Winter is coming.

      @CI3J: You get your Game of Thrones out of my baseball!

    • The Cardinals are the Lannisters of baseball. They are undeniably the villains, but they just happen to be on top right now.

      They’ll get their comeuponance soon enough, led by Joey “Jon Snow” Votto.

      Always remember, redbirds, you are heading south very soon. Winter is coming.

      And Remember, a Lannister always pays his debts. (Hate to break it to you by the way, but by the time you get to book 5 you might want to rethink your analogy.)

    • … Just saying, I’m not sure I want the Reds to be a Stark or the North.

      Yep, I know about the Red Wedding, and I know about Jon Snow possibly meeting a pointy end.

      However, that’s sort of my point. The Reds are down right now.

      However, there is reason to be optimistic about the Starks; the working title for the last book was to be “A Time For Wolves”.

      That would seem to be a pretty strong indication to bet on the Starks to wind up on top in the end. Just like I think it’s a pretty safe bet that the Reds will wind up on top in the end as well.

      That’s why I’m fond of saying “Winter is coming.”

      • However, there is reason to be optimistic about the Starks; the working title for the last book was to be “A Time For Wolves”.

        Interesting. That must be a new change. Thought the title was “Winds of Winter”… which doesn’t make sense at all because all the other titles start with an “A” (A Game of Thrones, A Storm of Swords, A Dance…)

        • Interesting.That must be a new change.Thought the title was “Winds of Winter”… which doesn’t make sense at all because all the other titles start with an “A” (A Game of Thrones, A Storm of Swords, A Dance…)

          “The Winds Of Winter” is the 6th novel. The working title for the last (7th) novel was to be “A Time For Wolves”, but it was changed to “A Dream Of Spring”. I think the change was for aesthetic reasons, and that the content should still warrant the original title.

          http://awoiaf.westeros.org/index.php/A_Song_of_Ice_and_Fire#Planned_novels_and_future

          Wait….Weren’t we talking about baseball on here somewhere?

  12. What is going to make this worse is right now it looks like the cards could be on the verge of being BTB world series champs…

    • Will someone remind the Cardinals there is NO CRYING IN BASEBALL!

      Right after I remind them that they’re not good enough to be in the NLCS. Yet somehow they still are. The devil has claim on many a soul in St. Louis. They’ve made some deals these last couple of years. Beltran goes out of the game last night and his replacement hits a 2-run HR to win the game. Are you kidding me?

  13. The Cardinals are currently making us look second rate in the post season department, not missing a beat after the loss of the best player and (arguably) the best manager in the game. Instead of focusing on the organization’s image, we should be trying to figure out why they go about winning so much better than us.

    • he Cardinals are currently making us look second rate in the post season department, not missing a beat after the loss of the best player and (arguably) the best manager in the game. Instead of focusing on the organization’s image, we should be trying to figure out why they go about winning so much better than us.

      The post-season is a crapshoot. The Cardinals have not discovered some magical formula where scrubs magically get important hits whenever they need them.

      • The post-season is a crapshoot.The Cardinals have not discovered some magical formula where scrubs magically get important hits whenever they need them.

        Are you sure? They do seem to repeat it quite often. (I’m kidding, but it is incredibly irritating.)

        I am starting to wonder about all the players they have that outperform their minor league numbers. Have they figured something out?

        • I am starting to wonder about all the players they have that outperform their minor league numbers. Have they figured something out?

          Yeah, it’s called having a proper hitting philosophy. Not Dusty-ball. I think the Reds organization as an advantage in many areas. The biggest advantage that St. Louis has is coaching at the major league level.

  14. May I also add this piece I came across today? http://www.brooksbaseball.net/pfxVB/zoneTrack.php?month=5&day=23&year=2011&game=gid_2011_05_23_slnmlb_sdnmlb_1%2F&prevDate=523

    LaRussa was thrown out of this game for arguing a called third strike against Pujols last year… This shows not only a pretty consistent strike zone by Jim Joyce, but also the Cardinals benefited more from bad balls/strikes than did the Padres. I know whining about balls and strikes is pretty common across the board, but I just thought I’d throw it in.

  15. This guy writes smack about any team that doesn’t bow low and lick the shoes of his mighty Cardinals. He had this to say about Bryce Haper’s strike out to Motte in Game 5 of the Nats series:

    “Motte retired the Nationals in order in the bottom of the ninth. Jayson Werth flied out. The second hitter was the brash Nationals’ rookie Bryce Harper. Motte struck him out, and Harper responded by grabbing his crotch in a gesture meant to insult Motte. The ‘diss didn’t work out the way Harper had intended. (That’s a clown move, bro.) A few of the Cardinals that saw it hooted at Harper. After disposing of the immature Harper, Motte got Ryan Zimmerman on a pop up to Descalso, and the Cardinals sprinted from the dugout to begin a wild celebration.” (via StLToday.com, 10/15/2012)

    Their hypocrisy has no limits. Does anybody seriously believe if Scutaro had been the baserunner, taking out Descalso, in Holiday-like fashion, that that team or that fan base would have moved on so easily as the Giants have? Please. Unfortunately, I still don’t see anybody being able to stop them from winning the WS again this year.

  16. This guy is just a fan who also writes (not that well); every city has someone like this. I know a lot of Cardinals fans, and they all think that Miklasz is a joke. I don’t put much stock in what he says. A month ago he was calling the Cardinals players frauds because they would win in blow-out fashion one day and then manage just two hits the next day. He’s just trying to fuel the rivalry flames to sell papers.

    Also, I watched the game on Monday. I thought the slide was late, but from what I saw nobody made excuses for it. He was trying to take the guy out of the play, but wasn’t trying to hit him that hard. I heard that Holliday admitted that he probably slid later than he should have and didn’t intend to hit Scutaro that hard, and I tend to believe him (Holliday isn’t exactly known for being a dirty player, and there doesn’t seem to be any bad blood between the Cards and Giants). I think it was just a hard-nose play, which is honestly the kind of baseball I enjoy watching. Anyway, Scutaro was back in the lineup for Game 3, so I don’t think this play was that big of a deal.

    Finally, I think it’s worth mentioning that all but two of the instances of whining mentioned in the post were done by either two men (one of which is no longer on the team). I understand the hostility toward Carpenter, but I don’t get the whining about the Cardinals being whiners. I have no problem with 98% of the people on their team, and I actually like watching their young guys play. I think people on both sides need to get over a pretty idiotic brawl from two years ago. Let the rivalry takes it course on the field.

  17. @Chris Garber: St. Louis has been to what, 5 or 6 post seasons in the past ten years, including 2 world series victories. I think it speaks for itself. We can sit here and mewl and cry all we want about how they act, but when it comes down to it our two organizations are miles apart in achieving success.

  18. This is right from the Karl Rove playbook: Attack someone else by accusing them of possessing one of your weaknesses. He knows exactly what he’s doing, he should be called on it, and he should not get a free pass for doing it.

  19. Having played a little ball, there is a simple solution for Holliday. Next time there’s a possible double play, the guy who turns the DP throws right at the head of the guy coming from first. I did this once in a game after almost being taken out at second on a hard slide. The runner took the ball off his forearm, but we got the DP anyway on an obstruction call. Plus, after that, runners were literally sliding halfway between first and second in the same situation.

  20. @yoobee: I’m sorry, but to me when a player basically starts his slide on the left field side of the bag, it is a dirty play.

    • @Hank Aarons Teammate:

      @yoobee: I’m sorry, but to me when a player basically starts his slide on the left field side of the bag, it is a dirty play.

      Why?! Holliday deserves the benefit of the doubt. He’s always been a straight up guy. So what that he plays for the Cardinals. And there is nothing wrong with trying to take out the 2nd basemen’s legs to disrupt the play. That’s what you are taught in baseball. He was trying to get there in time to break up the double play so he started his slide later than he intended, but based on his reaction at the end of the play there was no obviously no intent to harm.

  21. @Hank Aarons Teammate: I disagree. Yes it was late, and no doubt he was trying to take the guy out of the play, but that doesn’t make it dirty.

    This is a dirty play:

    (obviously I mean the second one by Morgan, not the first).

  22. The only thing better than being 2 games from the World Series (again) while Pujols is fishing is listening to Reds fans whine about another season of failed potential

    • The only thing better than being 2 games from the World Series (again) while Pujols is fishing is listening to Reds fans whine about another season of failed potential

      The best thing, though, is when some doofus Cards fan tries to bask in schadenfreude only to find karma coming back to bite him in the ass. Priceless.

  23. “@Chris Garber: St. Louis has been to what, 5 or 6 post seasons in the past ten years, including 2 world series victories. I think it speaks for itself. We can sit here and mewl and cry all we want about how they act, but when it comes down to it our two organizations are miles apart in achieving success.”

    To amplify this point—-

    A.) The Cardinals have won 49 post season games since the year 2000. The Reds have won 49 post season games since 1900.

    B.) The Reds have won 2 central division titles in the last 3 years and have played 8 post season games in those 3 years. The Cardinals have won zero central division titles in the last 3 years and in those three years are playing their 28th post season game tonight, and counting.

  24. “Yeah, it’s called having a proper hitting philosophy. Not Dusty-ball. I think the Reds organization as an advantage in many areas. The biggest advantage that St. Louis has is coaching at the major league level.”

    I think what often happens is that after a frustrating experience like the Giants series, the more emotional fans demand a sacrificial lamb be slaughtered in the public square in order to alleviate and massage their righteous and mighty frustration—almost always in the form of the manager. Usually this blood lust will continue unabated, nearly game by game, if the manager is retained. And does not even subside if he were to lead the team to a World Series championship.
    Then the victory will have been in spite of him.

  25. Seems to me the Cardinals are always playing in the NLCS and the Reds are always planning for next year.

    Per Holliday-Scutro vs Phillips. Big diff: Playoffs instead of regular season. This happens to the Giants in June or July, whole different story. He’ll have payback somewhere down the road.

  26. I bet they accused the Twins of turning up the A/C everytime they batted so the ball wouldn’t carry so well.

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