The Filibuster

What are your thoughts on Chris Carpenter? Do you take it all as “intensely passionate” or just a good ol’ jerk?

Youngmi
Underneath the Halo

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reds_cards_brawl.jpgI don’t care much for St. Louis.  You could put me pretty firmly in the Brandon Phillips camp on this one and my feelings toward the Cardinals’ organization.  I didn’t like Tony LaRussa when he managed the A’s and I don’t like him now.  I could care less about Albert Pujols and Alfred Molina.  I mean Bengie Molina.  Damn.  Yadier.  I don’t like the Cardinals.

But I do enjoy seeing guys get fired up and making themselves heard.  I grew up watching Bob Probert enforce for the Red Wings (I’m guessing he’s also not a big fan of St. Louis based on his interactions with Tie Domi) and the day that Bill Laimbeer and his elbows gave way to Michael and the beautiful game was a sad day for all Michiganders. 

So I respect Carpenter going into the fracas and deciding to own it.  Sure, he may have been overshadowed by Cueto’s karate kicks and the managers’ ejections.  But only one man truly owned this rumble and that man is Chris Carpenter.  Without him, it’s just a bunch of guys jawing at each other.  He took it to that next level, the level where bad blood becomes real blood and a true rivalry comes into existence.

And, quite honestly, baseball is better for it.  Rivalries create storylines and storylines sell tickets.  Add a little fisticuffs into the mix and you’ve got magic. 

Let’s not get too excited here, though.  My respect for Carpenter is finite and in no way extends to the rest of his team.  After all, like Phillips already pointed out, they are “little b!tches, all of ‘em.”

-A

Photo courtesy of Yahoo!Sports

3 Comments

Thank you for choosing my question first of all! And thanks for another brilliantly funny answer! :D I agree to a certain extent and rivalries better baseball. Nothing like a good ol division rivalry. We can’t be all luvey dovey all the time! Especially when it is as competitive as some of these divisions are. Chris Carpenter is definitely.. well.. passionate. Yes… let’s stick to that.. intensely passionate.

Ahaha I’m sure Jeff has some thing to say about your comments about the Cards no? ;D

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R.I.P Bob Probert.
–Mike
‘Minoring In Baseball’
http://burrilltalksbaseball.mlblogs.com

Rivalries do make the game more exciting. They add that extra intensity and unpredictability – like you never know when somebody’s gonna slug somebody. (God, that made me sound so bloodthirsty. Sorry.)

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