One way to mix up a lethargic clubhouse filled with immigrants immediately after a deflating loss to a terrible team is to make inflammatory remarks about controversial legislation happening in a state 2,000 miles away.

Thankfully Tony Hayward wasn’t available for a little post-game batting instruction to make it a tag-team deal.

Unless you’re a farmer or work in a labor intensive field, you probably haven’t been keeping up with the controversial law recently passed in Arizona. In nutshell, the law “orders immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there's reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally” according to CNN.

Opponents of the bill say pretty much what you’re thinking right now… that some hill-rod cops are going to be taking advantage of this new found power to racially profile and intimidate races that aren’t lily white. No one seems to generally have a good answer on how this will be controlled, other than ‘trust the cops’.

Now you might think this bill is a good idea. You might think it’s a bad idea. That doesn’t matter. Because what these comments have done have made the STL Cardinals clubhouse worse than it was before Wednesday night.

“This is America right? You're supposed to be able to have opinions and disagree, and a lot of things they do I think are correct. I'm actually a supporter of what Arizona's doing, you know, people don't fix your problem, and the government, national government doesn't fix your problem, and you've got a problem, they've got to take care of it themselves.” - Tony LaRussa

InsideSTL doesn’t pay me to look into the political views of all 25 players on the Cardinals. 99.9% of the time what those politics are happen to be completely irrelevant to on-field performance. For instance, we know that Jeff Suppan is a huge anti-abortion advocate that donates his time to Christian groups promoting that particular agenda. He will also give you 6 innings and let up 3 to 4 runs every single start. But I can say with relative certainty that even though everyone wearing a Cardinals uniform today is an American citizen or properly credentialed to work in America… many of those guys have relatives and friends that are looking for a better life. And those people see the opportunity in America.

They don’t comment on it publically. And they’ll all say they support LaRussa’s right to say what he wants. But LaRussa lost respect from several players… at least a little… when he came out in support of AZ’s immigration law.

By the time this piece is published, I fully will have expected LaRussa to be on damage control. He will most likely step back from his earlier comments and tell the press that he generally respects border protection but also isn’t familiar enough with the new AZ law to support or denounce it. He will sound apologetic, but vaguely pissed that it came up in the first place this week. He’s going to be on guard for the rest of the season when reporters are around.

That’s the media in 2010.

But as one of the aforementioned people that don’t really have a vested interest in what the law does or doesn’t do, I start to wonder how this will affect the Cardinals. One of the biggest issues with this team has been the toppling of TLR’s pillars of coaching: a hard 9 innings (not happening) disciplined AB’s (again, not happening) and a dogged focus on putting every other NL Central team in a deeper hole than they were when the day started (the other guys are taking care of that for the Cards). This doesn’t feel like a typical TLR team.

And now?

Only the guys playing will tell.

This won’t be the biggest make or break moment in TLR’s STL tenure, simply because winning cures pretty much all animosity in sport. But I do think that it’s also a situation that doesn’t deserve to be dismissed outright either.

If nothing else, we know that Sean Hannity has become a big Cards fan overnight.

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Friday, July 02, 2010 10:27 AM
How can you state as fact that he "lost respect from several players" or that he "sours clubhouse with immigration statements" without the backup of some source for your statements? These appear to be merely your opinions & should be stated as such, at least in my opinion.

I could be wrong, but it appears you have no way of knowing this as fact and, though you're probably right to some degree, your statements should be prefaced with "I suspect" or "in my opinion", or other such phrases. Not trying to come off as lecturing on responsible journalism, I'm hardly that myself. I just think it serves you better.
# mzipprich6
Friday, July 02, 2010 10:57 AM
Have to agree with KMFP, also, there's nothing to the wrong with what he said, nor should the Cardinals players take atonement with it. There's a reason it's called ILLEGAL immigrants. Sorry people here illegally have no legal rights, so piss off.
# Cardz82
Friday, July 02, 2010 2:27 PM
Yeah, that's some piss pour writing right there. At least try to back some of that up with actual proof. Surprised Timmy lets stuff like this go out.
AT Hooks
# AT Hooks
Friday, July 02, 2010 3:52 PM
KMFP- You're right. It is my opinion and nothing more. Unfortunately, the people that are paid a salary by a media outlet in STL wouldn't touch this topic with a 10 foot poll. Hence Bill Simmons, Deadspin and other national outlets cover the story, but it gets glossed over here locally.

Why? Because the Cardinals will neuter you if you do actual tough reporting on them.

mzipprich6- The problem, from the get go, isn't that a law is in place to keep illegal immigrants out of AZ, it's that cops would have the authority to racially profile people they THINK might be illegals. I believe that a law isn't a bad idea, but we've got to do some serious evaluation on how this works. I don't trust that cops will do the right think in all circumstances and boundaries have to be drawn... think of it more as a protection of real Americans.

Cardz82- Do better. That's a lazy comment.

# JKemlage05
Friday, July 02, 2010 9:41 PM
Youre the man Hooks, keep it up
Evil Monkey
# Evil Monkey
Saturday, July 03, 2010 2:45 PM
10 foot pole, you good for nothing waste of flesh
# afanger
Monday, July 05, 2010 11:37 AM
I'm a little late, but I have to comment on this shit.

KMFP hit the nail on the head.

Hooks, the title to your article is funny because its total speculation. Especially after Larussa "clarified" his comments by NOT backing off of them. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100701&content_id=11802958&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb

I HATE Tony Larussa as a baseball manager. I think he is the most overrated manager I have ever seen. Pompus and arrogant.... But he is actually right in this instance on immigration. However, this is the LAST thing he should be fired for. His day in - day out managing is grounds for firing. But as we all know, TLR is untouchable in this weaksauce town.
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