Is there any team easier to hate than the St. Louis Cardinals? Sure the New York Yankees are the "evil empire," but that's more about the front office and their ability to outspend everyone for players than it is about on-the-field personality disorders.
And the Cardinals seem to have a corner on arrogance and bad behavior. It starts at the top, of course, with Manager Tony La Russa. His constant whining and attempts at gamesmanship are tiresome. If there were a picture in the dictionary for "crank" it would be of him. He and his team seem to have a problem with every team in the league. A window into his true thoughts came after last night's game when he called the fans "idiots" before taking it back. I think we all know who the idiot is.
If they are not throwing at hitters and then denying it (see Ryan Braun last night), the Card like to claim the other team cheats in some ways. But don't worry, the holier-than-thou Cardinals play strictly by the rules and it's just so unfair that no one else does.
La Russa's not the only offender. The newest member of the Evil Cardinals Club is Yadier Molina. His rage at the home plate umpire last night was inexcusable. His suggestion that the ump bumped him first is absurd. Hopefully, his outburst will cost him 10 games and put his team further behind the Crew. Good guys don't always finish last.
There is a positive side to all this of course. Nothing makes sports better than a winning team and a bitter rivalry. Was there anything better than the Packers beating the Bears in the NFC title game? La Russa's teams are always competitive and loathsome at the same time. Nothing will be better than beating them for the division.