Carlos Lee not backing down

I will have a full story posted later on the website about the incident, but here are the raw reactions of Astros left fielder Carlos Lee and Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter after benches emptied in the third inning Thursday.

Lee pounded his bat in the ground after popping out to shortstop with runners at first and second base and appeared to be yelling at himself in frustration. Carpenter stared at Lee jogging down the line and began yelling back before being separated.

Lee: “I wasn’t trying to show him up. I never looked at him. I got [mad] because I got a pitch to hit and I popped it up. I was mad at myself. I don’t know what he said to me, but he said something and was looking at me, staring at me. For what?”

Carpenter: “It wasn’t a big deal. I don’t know why it turned into a big deal. Things happen. I said something, he said something. He kept coming at it. He’s the one that caused everybody to come out, not me. I was just telling him there’s no need for it.”

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa: “Well, routinely now, hitters pop up a pitch they think they should do [something] with, and they start making noises, and that really is disrespectful to the pitcher. Most of the pitchers just turn around and ignore it. Carp doesn’t. And I think Carp’s in the right. I think respect should go both ways. He gets you out, he gets you out. Just zip it and go back. He gives it up, you zip it and let the guy go around the bases. Most pitchers, they let the guys jabber. I don’t think Carlos Lee is anything special as far as a guy who disrespects, but it’s so common now.”


La Russa always has been a yeller so why the change about disrespecting a pitcher! Sounds like sour grapes over an eventual yet solidified sweeeeeeepppppppp!!!!!!!!!

These Cardinals are some weird birds. That’s disrespectful to the pitcher?? I’m glad Lee is showing some frustration instead of smiling on his way back to the dugout. Who cares what Toni and Chrissy think.

This is typical of the Cardinals. They may have some respectful fans, but La Russa is a headhunter and his team are as arrogant as they come. Like Carlos said, why is he allowed to voice his displeasure with himself when he is frustrated but everyone else must stay silent? I remember a benches clearing incident in ’08 where Oswalt hit a batter, and the very next inning the first pitch Wainwright throws is behind Ausmus. There was no intent when Oswalt hit the Cardinals’ batter, yet La Russa and Wainwright feel the need to warn us immediately. That’s just a few reasons i dislike the Cardinals.

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