Braun’s take on La Russa rant

Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun said he had turned the page Wednesday morning after absorbing the Cardinals’ purpose pitch the previous night.

But he disputed Cardinals manager Tony La Russa’s spirited and lecture about the ethics of pitching inside. La Russa argued that the Takashi Saito pitch that struck St. Louis slugger Albert Pujols in the left hand in the seventh inning Tuesday night required a “message” be sent to the Brewers and Braun. So Cardinals reliever Jason Motte fired consecutive fastballs inside on Braun, the second of which struck Braun in the back.

“I get it,” Braun said. “I certainly understand where [La Russa] is coming from. But at the same time, any good hitter in this league has to be pitched up and in at times. I get it. Prince [Fielder] gets it. You have to throw Albert that way, you have to throw Matt Holliday, Lance Berkman. You can’t allow guys to be comfortable. Occasionally, you have to make that pitch.

“Nobody ever wants to hit anybody. Clearly, we weren’t trying to hit Albert [with runners] at first and third, nobody out and Holliday and Berkman coming up next.”

That hit batsman helped the Cardinals tie the game at 7, and what really burned Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is that the Brewers failed to answer in their half of the inning. Milwaukee loaded the bases with nobody out after Braun’s plunking gave the Brewers a free baserunner, but Cardinals rookie reliever Lance Lynn managed to escape the inning with the tie intact.

The Cardinals finally won four innings later, in the 11th, when Holliday reached on an infield single, stole his first base of the season and scored on Berkman’s bloop hit to left field.

Both Pujols and Braun were in the lineups for Wednesday’s series finale. Braun said he was “fine” because Motte’s pitch did not deliver a direct hit. It instead deflected off Braun’s left arm and got him on the left side of his back.

“It”s over and done with,” Braun said, who actually enjoys the tension between the teams. “From a competition standpoint, it makes it more enjoyable. They have a good team, we have a good team, we expect them to be in it until the end. It just makes the competition that much more fun.

“You don’t want to get hit, but yesterday’s over. Whatever. They did what they felt they needed to do, and in my opinion, you move on. You don’t want to get in a beanball war. That’s not fun and it’s not safe.”

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8 Comments

This sounds like a mature perspective. In St. Louis we deal with TLR’s childish antics all the time. He’ll do whatever it takes to get what he wants, logic or reason aside. This includes public lobbying for the front office to make trades or acquire players.

Braun shows what a class act he really is. I don’t believe hitting players with the ball is good practice or good sportsmanship, especially if it’s intentional. People can be seriously injured because of it.

TLR flat out lied on TV. He didn’t throw at Braun on purpose my ass!

Ryan Braun is SUCH a great guy… I hope he has a LONG (injury FREE) career

I work there and saw the whole thing.Yers Braun is an awesome fella and he is cool to talk to before the game but LaRussa is a dirty ass manager and a cheater.He knows damn well he threw that pitch at Braun.He needs to gets balls thrown at him with dirty ass!!!! He was the same same way when he with Oakland.LaRussa,I have one thing to say to you and I hope you see this” YOU ARE A DIRTY IGNORANT CHEATING SON OF A BITCH!!!!!! I HOPE AND YOUR FAMILY ROT IN A COLD DAY FROM HELL. YOU IGNORANT MOTHERFUCKER!!!!!!!! I would love to throw a ball at your stupid ass ya ASSHOLE!!!!!!!!

I bet LaRussa will see that…

Agree that Braun is a class act…it would be great if there were more like him in pro sports. Hope that TLR sees how a pro with class acts when he is wronged.

Guess it wasn’t the lights that were dimming…just TLR’s judgment.

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