Hey, you know what I did all weekend? I swept. That's funny, isn't it? I rather enjoyed the Cubs sweep of the Cardinals. The Cardinals did not enjoy the sweep. They also did not enjoy the amenities of the visitors clubhouse.
From the St. Louis Post Dispatch:
Most Cardinals players - and one very perturbed manager - were jolted by a sudden loss of hot water during post-game showers. Center fielder Jim Edmonds described it as "the complete Single-A experience" after La Russa emerged from his office to vent his displeasure. Some players waited until after returning to the team hotel to shower. Others gritted their teeth and dove in for a chilling experience."I wouldn't tip these guys. I wouldn't tip 'em," La Russa advised his players within earshot of visiting clubhouse personnel.
What a classy group. Clubhouse personnel count on being tipped by overpaid (especially in that series) ballplayers--it's a big part of their earnings. Surely they weren't to blame for the lack of hot water. And surely they deserve to be compensated for the work they do. That work includes scraping and cleaning the spikes of every player, cleaning up after them in the locker room and other similar duties.
La Russa telling his players not to tip them is yet another display of what a big baby he can be. This is the same guy who shattered a fungo bat when asked what kind of reception Mark McGwire would receive upon his first visit to Busch after his retirement. Maybe he shattered the bat in frustration since he has possibly been covering up for roids users since the late 80's.
While some players took the high road and showered at the hotel, Edmonds had to run his mouth. Edmonds has struck out 10 times in 27 ABs and he's hitting a robust .185 so far. Maybe he should worry more about that than hot showers. By the way, I also think it's interesting that his homerun total fell from 42 to 29 last year. Things that make you go hmmm.