Scott Rolen Proves His Wussiness

Illya HarrellAnalyst IIAugust 12, 2009

ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 5: Scott Rolen #27 of the St. Louis Cardinals attempts to field a ground ball against the Houston Astros on May 5, 2007 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Astros beat the Cards 13-0.   (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Scott Rolen, the Cincinnati Reds' disabled listed third baseman, made a trip to the St. Louis Cardinal offices and gave the Cardinals' manager, Tony LaRussa, a heartfelt apology.

There is a special title for guys who do things like this: wussy.

Rolen had his feelings hurt by LaRussa when, while playing for St. Louis, his manager  benched Rolen in favor of Scott Spiezio.

It was nothing personal. 

Rolen was not performing up to snuff, and LaRussa was doing his job by benching him, trying to win, and get to the World Series—which he did, then beating the Detroit Tigers in five games.

During 16 total playoff and World Series games the Cards played that year, Rolen started 14 of the 16 matchups.

In the 2006 NL Divisional Series, Rolen played the first three games.  He went 1-for-11 (.091).  Larussa was up two games to one and obviously did not want to take the chance of going to a fifth and deciding game.

So, he benched Rolen in game four of the series.  The 6-2 win clinched the series for the Cards.

In the NL Championship Series against the Mets, after failing to get a hit in the first game (one hit in his last 14 at bats), Larussa benched him in game two.

His replacement, Spiezio, had two hits (a double and a triple) in four at bats, three RBI, and two runs scored in the 9-6 win.  His five runs produced was key to that victory, and thus an integral piece to the Cardinals' 4-3 series win.

When Rolen stepped into LaRussa's office on Monday, he proved not only that he was an over-the-hill, injury-prone has-been, but he also showed the baseball world that he is a wimp, a wuss, a total douche nozzle.

If LaRussa had the ability to laugh (which he does not), a fit of hysterics may have put him in the hospital.

In baseball, a player just does not do that.

Baseball is unique from "normal" jobs. 

Say a person ticks off his Coca-Cola middle manager.  Then they should apologize.  It's not like baseball. The employee is not going to be traded to Pepsi.

Rolen is now playing for another team.

What good is going to come out of this meeting?  Did Rolen's relationship with LaRussa keep him from sleeping at night?  Why would a player do this?

It goes above and beyond being a nice guy.  It reeks of extreme wussiness, and has no place in baseball.