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Really Tony?

By Perrycunningham
So, Cardinals' manager Tony LaRussa says that in the 8th inning of last night's 4-2 Texas win, in which the Rangers scored their third and fourth runs, that the bullpen, on two different occasions, did not hear him ask to warm up reliever Jason Motte. I have a hard time buying that.
LaRussa is thought of as a borderline genius and the one of the best managers of the last 25 years. He is typically on top of every single situation and scenario that comes up. Part of a manager's job is to anticipate what is going to happen later in the inning or later in the game.
I'm not sure if LaRussa was caught off guard, misread the way things unfolded or things just didn't work out for the Cardinals and he looks foolish.
I'm not accusing him of lying or deceiving the media and fans. It just doesn't seem to add up.
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