There's nothing like an old ballplayer ripping young ballplayers. Bernie Miklasz:
The Cardinals' late-season collapse and three consecutive losses to the Cubs clearly put retired first baseman Jack Clark in a grumpy mood. Speaking on 101 ESPN radio before Thursday's Padres-Cardinals game, the big fella ripped the Cardinals for their lethargic play.
"I'm really tired of watching the effort, that's for sure," Clark said. "I'm not seeing a lack of (effort) I'm seeing a pathetic effort. These Cards fans deserve much better. That's just awful. They won't admit it, that they're quitters. If you can't put a better effort out there on the field, take 'em all out, back up the truck, ship 'em all out and get somebody in here that wants to play baseball."
Jack "The Ripper" was just heating up: "We've got one team here (San Diego) going for the title and we've got our team going for the toilet. They've got poopy in their pants," and he went on to make another off-color remark about what's "in their britches."
Clark recalled his one season (1988) in New York and evoked the memory of the late Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner. "When George Steinbrenner was alive, may he rest in peace, he would never let this (happen). As an owner he would be down in that clubhouse telling them to get their head out of you know where, start playing baseball, and it better start right away, or some heads are going to roll. And they won't have to worry about putting those heads where the grass doesn't grow."
Whether you agree or disagree, this is funny stuff. Clark doesn't hold back and I respect that. And I'm sure a lot of fans would generally agree with his sentiments.
Yes, this is all quite entertaining.
For the sake of our younger readers, though, it's probably worth mentioning that in 1988 when Jack Clark played for the Yankees, George Steinbrenner's brilliant leadership resulted in a fifth-place finish. That was the Yankees' seventh straight season without reaching the postseason; the streak would eventually reach 12 seasons.
Meanwhile, the St. Louis Cardinals have reached the postseason in seven of the last 10 seasons.
Soon, it will be seven of 11. But if you had a choice between the management team of the Yankees in the 1980s or the management team of the Cardinals in the Aughts, which would you choose?
The Cardinals are having a rough season. But if Albert Pujols' next contract doesn't bust the budget, they'll be back, soon.