Jack Clark is no stranger to rants. So when the discussion turned to the St. Louis Cardinals’ flop in the second half of the season, Clark went ahead and did his usual.
“I’m really tired of watching the effort, that’s for sure,” Clark told 101 ESPN Radio in St. Louis on Thursday. “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.”
The rest of Jack Clark’s entertaining comments and the obligatory overreaction from Tony La Russa are definitely in order.
“I just don’t feel like Jack has had the kind of spotless career where he can make judgments like that,” La Russa said. “Whether it’s our team, whether it’s players, pitchers, whatever.
“I think that [quitting accusation] is real personal. That’s why I’m saying something about it. That’s a very offensive quote to make. I respect Jack a lot, because I think he did a good job of pulling his career together. But he had times where the evaluation from his peers — and I wasn’t his peer — but [the evaluations by] his peers and his bosses were less than the best. So I’m disappointed that he didn’t take some of that past experience, especially guys that play should know how hard this game is.
“I definitely understand if the media, the fans [don’t realize that]. But a guy who has played or pitched, this is a very tough game to play. It doesn’t always fall into place.
Welcome to Monday. Don’t get all poopy in the pants on us.