Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Owners Can't Soothe Larussa after Big Loss

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Owners Can't Soothe Larussa after Big Loss

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Try as they might, a steady procession of Cardinals owners failed to soothe an upset Tony La Russa after the Braves routed the Cardinals 15-0 in the seventh game of the National League Championship Series.

"Don't you hang your head," David Pratt said to the Cardinals manager. "It took seven games for these damn guys to beat us.

"Six months ago, we would have been damn proud to be right here. We went to the outhouse to the White House in one year." La Russa responded, "I don't get down. I just get ticked off. Trust me, I'm ticked off." Next, Bill DeWitt Jr. tried. "Great year," DeWitt said. "No, almost great. Very good," La Russa said. "It was a terrible game. (The Braves) have a lot of weapons. We ain't bad, though. But we were bad today." Drew Baur offered, "Great season." "No," La Russa said, "almost great. If I could change anything, I would have changed the type of game it was. It took them seven to beat us. But we earned more than getting embarrassed." Before the series began, Cardinals hitting coach George Hendrick said, "The Braves were the baddest dudes on the block." What he saw the last three games confirmed that in his mind. "The best team won," Hendrick said. "It was pretty obvious to me. I don't know about anybody else, but, like I was saying before, until somebody proves different, they're still the baddest dudes on the block." The Cardinals' offensive output - 13 singles in the previous two games - caused La Russa to make a surprising change in Thursday's lineup. Rookie Dmitri Young, the fourth-game hero as a pinch-hitter, was at first base and lefthanded-hitting John Mabry, the only Cardinal who had hit safely in every game, was out of the lineup against lefthander Tom Glavine. La Russa said the switch-hitting Young was a "very good hitter, but he's more dangerous from the right-hand side. We were looking for another extra-base man. But it was very difficult because John has had a hit (six singles) in every game. …

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