Cardinals, Brewers bicker over ribbon board

The Cardinals and Brewers engaged in a bit of off-the-field gamesmanship between the first two games of their National League Central showdown over the brightness of LED “ribbon” boards at Miller Park.

Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa brought the issue to third base umpire Bruce Dreckman’s attention several times during the Brewers’ 6-2 win on Monday night. According to sources in both clubhouses, the Cardinals contended that the long, thin board, which hangs on the façade of Miller Park’s club level, shone brighter while the Brewers were at-bat.

Crew chief Gary Darling told a pool reporter that he emailed a report late Monday to Major League Baseball’s vice president of baseball operations, Joe Garagiola Jr., who in turn spoke Tuesday with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. But MLB did not request any changes to the Brewers’ game day entertainment.

Melvin declined to discuss the matter with reporters beyond saying it had been “handled.”

“There’s no cheating,” said Melvin, referring questions to Garagiola. “I’m not going to comment on it.”

MLB spokesperson Michael Teevan confirmed that Garagiola and Melvin spoke, and said the Commissioner’s Office was not anticipating further issues.

Asked to clarify what he meant by “handled,” Melvin said, “We didn’t change anything. There’s no reason to change anything. There was nothing to be changed.”

LaRussa would not publicly acknowledge his concerns about the lighting. At least one Cardinals player said that it seemed darker on the field while St. Louis was at bat than it was when Milwaukee was at bat.

“Like I told [LaRussa] last night, we just don’t pay that much attention to it,” Darling said. “Nothing really jumped out about it. I told him I would report it to the league, and that’s what I did. They just called me back that they had spoken to both general managers and they were handling it from that end.”

The series continued with another night game on Tuesday.

“We’ll pay attention to it, but there’s nothing there as far as we’re concerned,” Darling said.

So, add the Cardinals to the list of teams trying to answer a question that has dogged the Brewers themselves. How can a team with the second-most road losses in baseball (35) also have the second most home wins (40, entering Tuesday night)?

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was asked directly on Tuesday afternoon: Are the Brewers cheating?

“If we are, I know nothing about it,” he said. “I would think I would be [in the loop], yes.”

Said Melvin: “We’re happy with our home record. We’re not as happy with our road record. It’s got nothing to do with anything other than the game on the field.”

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25 Comments

Have another drink LaRussa….

Brandon Phillips, the prophet

Next he’ll accuse (a la Earl Weaver) Bernie Brewer of stealing signs and relaying them to the batter.

I really have no respect for the Cardinals…all they do is whine!

Yeah cuz when you’re not staring directly at the lights they do appear dimmer. Tony, go outside and look at the sun.

FIRST GAME IN MILWAUKEE THAT LARUSSA WASN’T WEARING HIS SUNGLASSES AT NIGHT…..NO WONDER IT SEEMED BRIGHT…..

Hahahaha!!

Cateracts old man grow up,play the game

He has to blame his loss on something… maybe you should invest your team in some sun-glasses or something if the lighting is to much for you LaRussa… geez sad sad

The Cardinals bitch and moan about stuff like this all the time.

Because they play in an actual Major League ballpark with no gimmicks….nice gay slide in left field, kinda like the choo-choo and porch in Houston…

No gimmicks? That’s all you have to say? Big words for a douche cardinals fan.

Ok, how bout these big words…10 WORLD SERIES

perhaps the fact that he has shingles in his eyes and his vision has been altered is why he is having an issue. Perhaps he is a loser looking for another excuse. WHat a douche bag. Grow up and stop wasting everybody’s time

How utterly stupid can a person get? Seriously!! And I do think they are accusing Bernie of stealing signs.

He can’t accuse us of cheating tonight when you’re giving up 3-run bombs to YB!

Or Marcum giving up a three run dong to Jaime Garcia…wow, you Brew fans are getting just as bad as cubs fans! Try winning on the road before talking smack

Brandon Phillips tells it how it is

what did phillips say?

Hey Brewers fans…you might wanna shut up until you WIN the division. You have a 2 game lead and The St. Louis Cardinals aren’t going anywhere. 10 games left, 6 in St.Louis. Don’t forget the Brewers on the road record…Good Luck

Let’s play football

Hey Cardinal fans—-Tuesday’s “victory” was only your 4th in the last 12 games against the Crew–so who needs to win??? Maybe your so called manager needs to focus on doing his job–instead of lights and stealing sings and the rest of major league baseball would respect you. Total aholes from the manager to your catcher.

This year I got to go and see a Cardinal – Brewer game at Miller Park (very nice ballpark by the way) I did notice that it was significantly brighter when the led boards were cranked up, but I didn’t notice whether they were brighter at any particular time during the game. The big disappointment for me was how rudely my family and I were treated by the Brewers fans, even Cub fans who come to Bush Stadium don’t receive the nastiness we got at Miller Park, kind of sad…

Then stay home.

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