Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Need No `Chip' on Shoulder Already Inspired, Birds Shrug off Braves' Remark

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cards Need No `Chip' on Shoulder Already Inspired, Birds Shrug off Braves' Remark

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Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has no intentions of using it as a rallying cry. But he noted with interest some statements reportedly made by Chipper Jones and other Atlanta Braves after they swept the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series last week.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Jones as saying the Dodgers "were the team we were most afraid of." That sentiment was echoed by other Braves.

La Russa said, "I know our respect for them is higher than their respect for us. There's no doubt in my mind. When a couple of guys say, `We just beat the team that worries us the most,' what does that mean? And (Jones) said, `Of the other seven in the postseason.' " "He's just being honest," La Russa said. "I don't take it personally. They beat us nine out of 13 games. You get what you earn." But La Russa said, "The only time that clipping-on-the-board stuff helps is when you have a down club. If you have a down club, you need something to jack them up. But we don't need anybody insulting us to get us ready to play. We're going to go for the gold. We're going to go for the gusto. They can love us, hate us, they can think we're good or bad . . . it doesn't make any difference. "They could have said they're scared of the Cardinals. I'm not worried about us getting ready. We're ready. "We beat them four of seven (in Atlanta). They beat us here (six in a row) like they own this ballpark. But I can see ways we can win four games before they do. I also said several times this year they were the most complete club I saw in the National League. "They have really good starting pitching. They have ways to get the last outs in the bullpen and they have a bunch of guys who know how to play winning baseball. And I think they handle winning really well. They don't handle it in such an arrogant way that you say, `Boy, I hope these guys don't win again. …

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