Boston Dirt Dogs highlights an interview with Curt Schilling on WEEI today, wherein Curt called out Tony LaRussa for comments made about Edgar Renteria’s sensitivity and liklihood of success in Boston. Call Schilling a loudmouth, call him a grandstander, but also call him on the money. LaRussa should have kept his mouth shut. If LaRussa loves Edgah as a player and also as his friend he would have called the shortstop and talked to him in private, and not made intimations about Renteria’s character to the press. LaRussa knew what he was doing, and it bordered on malicious. Way to go, Curt.
P.S. And since when is St. Louis not a pressure-cooker of a sports town? It may not be Boston or New York, but I lived there for three years and went to enough Blues and Cardinals games to know that the fans there can be just as brutal as those anywhere when they want to be. For the most part I think of the characterization of a town like St. Louis as significantly less pressure-filled than a place like Boston is an antiquated stereotype, particularly with a team like the Cards consistently playing games that matter.