I thought Chris Welsh made a great point about Tony Larussa tonight.
Keels asked him why Franklin pitched the 9th on Monday when it wasn't a save situation. Welsh said he didn't think Larussa cared about what players wanted and that he "played to win the game" above all other things.
He said "winning" comes first.... players come second" to Larussa.
It was noticeable to me that it was quite tongue and cheek when Welsh said it. Obviously, to teh Dust his players come first and winning comes second. I'm sure he would tell you differently, but is whole career he's been pegged a solid "player manager."
I despise Tony "Evil Genius" Larussa just as much as the next guy. But the guy wins year in and year out. I'm starting to come around to FCB land. The Cards are a great team.
*Please cue Herm Edwards now: "YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME"