MLB: Leave Tony Alone!

There's an All-Star brouhaha article at stltoday.com that details the Johnny Cueto/Tony La Russa flap, and it's filled with interesting quotes and tidbits. But apropos of nothing, this one's my favorite:

"I know the rule," said La Russa, tersely.

I don't care what the context is! If that quote is in the article, it's an interesting article. If you must know, though, the quote is regarding a new provision of the collective-bargaining agreement that specifically deals with pitchers who make a start the Sunday before the All-Star Game. La Russa said that Cueto's schedule was a factor, even though technically it shouldn't be.

MLB responded:

(MLB senior V.P. Katy) Feeney said that pitching on Sunday "maybe was the final consideration," for a pitcher not to be included on the club. "That’s just one of the reasons," Feeney said.

"We had to get people from all the teams represented and at a certain point you just run out of room. Every team has somebody left off, no matter how you do it," Feeney said.

Also included in the article: nasty quotes from Cueto's agent. I don't have a horse in this race, and I sympathize with just about everyone involved. But I hope you don't mind if I get some popcorn and watch this all unfold with rapt fascination. Fight! Fight! Fight!

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