Brandon Phillips: 10 Reasons He's Right About the Whiny Cardinals

Robby CarrigerContributor IAugust 10, 2010

Brandon Phillips: 10 Reasons He's Right About the Whiny Cardinals

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    Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds has had his fill of the St. Louis Cardinals.  When asked about his health after fouling a ball off his leg, Phillips had this to say.

    “I’d play against these guys on one leg.  We have to beat these guys. All they do is b—- and moan about everything, all of them. They’re little b——s, all of them. I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear: I hate the Cardinals.”

    Many baseball fans share these sentiments.  Here are just 10 of literally dozens of reasons why it is so easy to hate the St. Louis Cardinals.

     

    Brandon Phillips of the Cincinnati Reds has no tolerance left for the St. Louis Cardinals.  He made that perfectly clear when asked about his health after fouling a ball off his leg.

    “I’d play against these guys on one leg.  We have to beat these guys. All they do is b—- and moan about everything, all of them. They’re little b——s, all of them. I really hate the Cardinals. Compared to the Cardinals, I love the Chicago Cubs. Let me make this clear: I hate the Cardinals.”

     

    Phillips' sentiments are not his alone.  Baseball fans everywhere dislike the Cardinals, and why shouldn't they when St. Louis makes it so easy?  Here are just ten of the dozens of reasons that it is easy to hate the St. Louis Cardinals.

10. They do Tend to Complain

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    Phillips’ comments stemmed from the Cardinals once again complaining that the Reds do not rub down the baseballs enough before games, thus leaving them slicker than usual.

     

    What the Cardinals fail to realize is that as per MLB rules, the umpires have final say when it comes to approving balls for play.

9. Scott Spiezio (and his beard)

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    When was the soul patch cool?  Seriously, when?

    Well even if people did think it was cool at one time, even those folks would have been disgusted to see the Spiezio version, which was dyed red to match his uniform. 

    I think the girl’s soccer team in high school put streaks in their hair to match their uniforms come to think of it.

8. St. Louis Itself

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    It’s easy to draw large crowds each game when the other two biggest attractions in a city are a brewing company and an upside-down horseshoe stuck in the ground. 

    There is a reason St. Louis is called the gateway to the West… because all you want to do is drive right through that gate.

7. David Eckstein

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    Has there even been a smaller baseball player?  Eddie Gaedel makes Eckstein look short. 

    Watching him load up with all his strength to get the ball over to first from short was painful for everyone.  Yet somehow, St. Louis’ version of Mighty Mouse won the 2006 World Series MVP… gross.

6. Albert Pujols

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    Despite wearing what appears to be a bicycle chain around his neck, you have to respect Pujols.  He has consistently been a top-five player for nearly a decade. 

    And the fact that you have to respect him is just another reason to hate the Cardinals.  No one wants to quantify a statement of hatred for a team by having to say, “well I guess Pujols is pretty good.”

     And if that isn’t enough of a reason, as an Astros fan I can always think of this…

    2005 NLCS Game 5

5. Skip Schumaker

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    Many would say Schumaker isn’t relevant enough to make a top-ten list of reasons to hate the Cardinals.

    If his name weren’t Skip I would probably agree.  However, it is tough to get past a grown man whose name is Skip.

4. Chris Carpenter

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    It was hard to hate Carpenter in 2007 and 2008.  That’s because he only made a combined four starts due to injury.  Yet he has come back to be one of the most dominant pitchers in the game.

    With that said, Carpenter’s trademark intensity on the mound is polarizing.  Some would call him a bulldog out there, while others would just call him a big jerk.

    Just find the video of his lecture of Brendan Ryan last night for proof.

3. The Fans

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    If you have been fortunate enough to be friends with a Cardinals fan you know why this is number three.  How can a fan base justify playing the woe is us card while still telling people how much better their team is than others?

    Cards fans feel the whole MLB is out to get them and have an “us against the world mentality”.  What they fail to realize is that outside of the Midwest, no one even cares about the Cardinals until October.

2. Tony La Russa

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    Tony La Russa is a very good manager… just ask him.  For years, people have made a huge to-do about just how smart La Russa is. 

    Having a law degree and some really good players every season does not a genius make.  Yet La Russa always seems to use a condescending tone towards opponents, even while indicating he’s taking the “highroad”. 

    He is so smart that he knows more than any other manager in baseball and frequently bats his pitcher eighth.  Is that not the most annoying thing in baseball? 

    Opposing managers have to relish every time a Cardinals pitcher strolls to the plate in a clutch situation because he is batting eighth.

1. They’re Actually Good

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    The Cardinals have won 8 of the 16 division championships in NL Central history. Granted the NL Central hasn’t been considered a power division over the years, St. Louis has a shot to make it 9 of 17 this year. 

    Their pitching staff boasts two of the league’s best in Carpenter (although he never seems to be healthy) and Wainwright. 

    Couple them with Pujols and Holliday terrorizing pitchers, and there is reason to think the Cardinals should contend for a pennant every season. 

    And that alone is the top reason to dislike the St. Louis Cardinals.