Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Morning Briefing Eye Openers

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So, you think the MIKE KEENAN-CRAIG JANNEY feud is getting nasty? Hah! At least nobody has punched anybody - which is not the case with the minor-league Phoenix Roadrunners.

Seems winger KEITH REDMOND was upset with coach ROB LAIRD after a 5-4 loss Friday night to the San Diego Gulls. But did Redmond go AWOL and head off to the East Coast, a la Janney?


According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the 6-foot-3, 208-pound Redmond dropped the 5-8, 160-pound Laird "with several punches and had to be pulled off him."

The incident stemmed from a penalty Redmond took late in the game, which led to a shouting match. Then, the Daily News reported, "Redmond . . . shoved the first-year coach, Laird responded with a punch and then was knocked to the floor under a barrage of punches."

But did Laird toss Redmond into his doghouse, a la Keenan?


The next night, Phoenix played Indianapolis. And Redmond was in the lineup. Said the bruised coach: "It's behind us."

Perhaps there's something to be learned here, fellas.

OK, they're not WILLIAM KILPATRICK and SHANA ALEXANDER. But still, TERRY PLUTO of the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal and JON HEYMAN of Long Island's Newsday do a decent version of point-counterpoint.


Pluto: "If I owned the Detroit Tigers, Sparky Anderson would never manage another game. Some say that when Anderson last week refused to manage replacement players, he became `An American Hero,' a man willing to take a stand.

"But Anderson's $1 million check this year will come from the Tigers, not the Major League Players Association. When he signed his contract, didn't he agree to manage the players the Tigers tell him to manage?"

Heyman: "Sparky Anderson deserves a medal, not a pink slip. In this greed-driven game, it was wonderfully heartwarming to see the best manager of our time sacrifice cash for a cause. This was Anderson's finest moment in a career full of them.

"Anderson did what other managers are only dreaming about. …

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