Cheap Seats

Stick a sock in it, Brennaman

The war of words between the Cardinals and Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman continues to escalate.

Apparently he wasn't there on the day in broadcasting school where they pointed out journalists are supposed to COVER the news not BE the news...

The latest salvo from Brennaman is his assertion that the Cardinals are possibly "the most hated team in baseball."


Take a look in the mirror, my good man. Cincinnati's ballpark has more hot dogs on the field than it does in the stands. (On most nights, more than the number of PEOPLE in the stands.) The Cardinals don't have problems with any other team in the majors like they do with the Reds. In fact, ask Lance Berkman why he wanted to play for St. Louis when his Houston days came to an end and you'll find out what players on other teams think of the Cardinals.

Berkman played for the Astros for a decade in which they battled the Redbirds tooth and nail every year for the National League Central Division title. (Perhaps you didn't notice since the Reds have had only two winning seasons in the last 15 years and they were typically so far back in the standings that they couldn't see what was going on up front.)

I can understand that you're resentful about being a doormat for all those years. So, now that the Reds are competitive, you all want to crow about it 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But showing up the opposition by gesturing at them on the field or taking pot shots at them in the media ala Brandon Phillips isn't the way to prove you're number one. It's what you can do on the field that counts. And, a quick check of the record book indicates that the Cardinals have won 14 of the 24 games they've played against Cincinnati since the beginning of the 2010 season. Maybe your boys might want to tone down the bragging just a wee bit.

Although St. Louis has to contend with cheap shots like the Reds throwing at Albert Pujols after Cincinnati batters had their last turn at bat in the most recent series, I'm confident that the Cardinals will continue to thrash the Reds at the same rate they have for the the last decade and a half.

Enjoy that slim division lead in May because they don't hand out the trophies until October. And, if you win a playoff game then (for the first time since 1995) then you'll truly have something to crow about.

It's obvious to anyone with eyes that the poor drawing Reds are trying to stir up a feud with the Cardinals to try to put people in the seats at their stadium. As a person who once bought tickets there, I get emails from the Reds all the time begging me to come back and buy a couple of seats. It's pretty pathetic.

Of course, this isn't the first time Brennaman has gone off on the opposition. It wasn't too long ago that he called Cubs fans the most hated in baseball.