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YankeePride1967
03-22-07, 08:02 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2807935

Cardinals manager arrested for DUI in Florida

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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD style="PADDING-TOP: 10px" vAlign=top><!-- begin leftcol --><!-- template inline -->JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=stl) manager Tony La Russa was arrested early Thursday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor, after he was found asleep at the wheel in his running SUV at a green light.

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Tony La Russa was hit with a DUI charge 10 days before his Cardinals begin defense of their World Series title.



La Russa's SUV was stopped at a light that, according to police, went through two cycles of green. A driver behind La Russa had to go around his vehicle, police said.
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S2
03-22-07, 08:07 AM
They wouldn't have known he was sleeping if he was wearing his shades. Like Weekend At Bernie's.

Tribefan
03-22-07, 08:09 AM
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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD style="PADDING-TOP: 10px" vAlign=top><!-- begin leftcol --><!-- template inline -->JUPITER, Fla. -- St. Louis Cardinals (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/clubhouse?team=stl) manager Tony La Russa was arrested early Thursday and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, a misdemeanor, after he was found asleep at the wheel in his running SUV at a green light.

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Tony La Russa was hit with a DUI charge 10 days before his Cardinals begin defense of their World Series title.



La Russa's SUV was stopped at a light that, according to police, went through two cycles of green. A driver behind La Russa had to go around his vehicle, police said.

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I heard this driving in to work this morning. I must say I was surprised at the news but then again I guess am more surprised that I am surprised by stuff like this anymore.

Jeff Van Gully
03-22-07, 08:09 AM
LOL, I love that he was asleep at a stoplight.

jonnyc39
03-22-07, 08:19 AM
Yet another reason LaRussa is an idiot.

Not sure why this is funny in any context, though. At least he didn't hurt anyone.

35Knucklecurve
03-22-07, 08:54 AM
I heard this driving in to work this morning. I must say I was surprised at the news but then again I guess am more surprised that I am surprised by stuff like this anymore.
My thoughts also. I never would have guessed LaRussa's name to come up in a DUI charge, but I also never expected it to happen to D-Train either. I'm glad LaRussa fell asleep while the car wasn't moving.

There was a similar incident where I live. A guy ordered coffee at a McDonald's drive through and then fell asleep. They had to tow the car after the people behind him backed out. After the police impounded the car, the guy showed up drunk to get it back the next day. :P

ieddyi
03-22-07, 09:01 AM
As much as he likes to make situational changes, you'd think he would have had a designated driver

BillBuckner
03-22-07, 09:12 AM
They wouldn't have known he was sleeping if he was wearing his shades. Like Weekend At Bernie's.
:lol:

TheoShmeo
03-22-07, 09:42 AM
Another reminder that we really have only a limited clue about the character -- for the good or the bad -- of these guys.

flymick24
03-22-07, 10:00 AM
having braden looper in your rotation will do that to a guy

yankeegeek
03-22-07, 10:02 AM
He should have had a relief driver since he loves relief everything.

BroadwayBomber55
03-22-07, 10:50 AM
Officer: Sir, have you been drinking tonight?

Tony LaRussa: **snoring in car**

Pepper03
03-22-07, 11:06 AM
That's scary-he's lucky he got stopped before he hurt someone.

4bronxbombers
03-22-07, 11:08 AM
They wouldn't have known he was sleeping if he was wearing his shades. Like Weekend At Bernie's.

lol :lol:

JavyVazquezIsSick
03-22-07, 11:15 AM
They wouldn't have known he was sleeping if he was wearing his shades. Like Weekend At Bernie's.

:lol: I have a question, did he put it in park when the light turned green?

simmy886
03-22-07, 11:16 AM
having braden looper in your rotation will do that to a guy

That's pretty much what my joke was gonna be lol :D

Gehrig'sGhost
03-22-07, 11:16 AM
Another reminder that we really have only a limited clue about the character -- for the good or the bad -- of these guys.

Yeah, give him the chair. :wtf:

hardrain
03-22-07, 11:17 AM
It appears his disdain for the Designated Hitter applies to the Designated Driver too.

Brent
03-22-07, 03:36 PM
I thought he was always 3 steps ahead of the next guy??

TheYankee
03-22-07, 03:53 PM
Cripes... I swear to God, we seem to hear about an athlete or coach every week being picked up for DUI. How hard is it to stay out of your damn car when your drunk? For crying out loud, you're a popular guy, surely SOMEONE will take you home.

Maynerd
03-22-07, 04:18 PM
That's scary-he's lucky he got stopped before he hurt someone.
He didn't exactly GET stopped. He fell asleep (with his foot on the brake) at a red light. The cops sorta thought something fishy was going on when the car jsut sat there through several green lights.

JDPNYY
03-22-07, 06:23 PM
I wonder if someone spiked his Starbucks beverage.

YankeePride1967
03-22-07, 08:57 PM
I wonder if someone spiked his Starbucks beverage.

It was LaRussa, not Francona ;)

JDPNYY
03-22-07, 09:07 PM
It was LaRussa, not Francona ;)

Sometimes, at Starbucks, a person gets the wrong order. Maybe they called Terry, and Tony went to the counter.

YankeePride1967
03-22-07, 10:18 PM
Interesting, this happened just a few miles from where I live.

JDPNYY
03-22-07, 10:25 PM
Interesting, this happened just a few miles from where I live.Verrry interesting.

TheYankee
03-22-07, 10:38 PM
This is not meant as an excuse for La Russa, but his blood-alcohol level was .093, and the legal limit was .08. This isn't your typical, run of the mill, wasted party animal who made an awful decision to get behind the wheel. Chances are, Tony didn't realize he had crossed the threshold.

I'm glad he took responsibility. And I believe what he says, it's got to be completely embarrasing for someone like him is looked up to by a lot of up and coming players.

bobby jr
03-23-07, 08:36 AM
Yes that makes a difference that Tony was barely above the legal limit. I think the Cardinals should leave it at a warning at this point, if it happens again then he should be given a lengthy suspension or fired.

YankeePride1967
03-23-07, 08:44 AM
Not to sound soapboxy. But driving drunk is driving drunk. I personally don't think you should drive if you have any alcohol in you. While I acknowledge the difference from being plastered and driving and just being over the limit as Tony was, to me, the difference isn't so much to make what Tony did less wrong. He owned up to it as a mature person should and I applaud him for it. He will also pay a price and his reputation has taken a hit so he will pay for what he did. I do hope though that this isn't what he is remembered for, nor do I think it should linger with him. Hopefully (outside of when he goes to Wrigley Field of course) he will just be allowed to move on and I'm sure learn from it.

jonnyc39
03-23-07, 08:45 AM
This is not meant as an excuse for La Russa, but his blood-alcohol level was .093, and the legal limit was .08. This isn't your typical, run of the mill, wasted party animal who made an awful decision to get behind the wheel. Chances are, Tony didn't realize he had crossed the threshold.The guy fell asleep while driving. Lucky for him his foot was on the brake. I'd say the decision to drive was a pretty bad one.

yankeebot
03-23-07, 08:47 AM
I don't see where how drunk he was makes any difference at all. You don't blow a 0.09 by having a drink with dinner. He drank too much and chose to get behind the wheel of a car. He made a mistake. I don't think he should be crucified but I also don't think that being "just a little bit drunk" should a consideration.

YankeePride1967
03-23-07, 08:48 AM
I don't see where how drunk he was makes any difference at all. You don't blow a 0.09 by having a drink with dinner. He drank too much and chose to get behind the wheel of a car. He made a mistake. I don't think he should be crucified but I also don't think that being "just a little bit drunk" should a consideration.

Agreed on all counts.

TheYankee
03-23-07, 09:22 AM
The guy fell asleep while driving. Lucky for him his foot was on the brake. I'd say the decision to drive was a pretty bad one.You can fall asleep at the wheel without alcohol in you.

And as I already said, this is not an excuse for the man. I made that clear from the start.

TheYankee
03-23-07, 09:23 AM
I don't see where how drunk he was makes any difference at all. You don't blow a 0.09 by having a drink with dinner. He drank too much and chose to get behind the wheel of a car. He made a mistake. I don't think he should be crucified but I also don't think that being "just a little bit drunk" should a consideration.Which is exactly what I said, it just appears you didn't read it this way. However, it's not the same as getting behind the wheel when you're absolutely plastered. It was still wrong, and he fessed up for it. He made a critical judgement error.

jonnyc39
03-23-07, 09:45 AM
You can fall asleep at the wheel without alcohol in you.If you're too tired to drive, you shouldn't get behind the wheel either.

TheYankee
03-23-07, 10:18 PM
If you're too tired to drive, you shouldn't get behind the wheel either.Yeah, kinda figured.

hardrain
03-24-07, 07:37 AM
Wow. Amazing. Check out this take from a St. Louis Writer. Is he kidding or is he really that stupid?:
DUI arrest may help La Russa in St. Louis


http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/columnists.nsf/billmcclellan/story/50012A0B2B186669862572A7000F54E5?OpenDocument

Octoberbaby
03-24-07, 01:43 PM
I don't see where how drunk he was makes any difference at all. You don't blow a 0.09 by having a drink with dinner. He drank too much and chose to get behind the wheel of a car. He made a mistake. I don't think he should be crucified but I also don't think that being "just a little bit drunk" should a consideration.

I agree totally with this. I don't think anyone who has been drinking should drive because they are not in a position to determine what level they are at on the meter until or if they end up in an accident or arrested for DUI.

That being said, I like Tony LaRussa and hope he gets the message from this.

4bronxbombers
03-25-07, 03:50 PM
Wow. Amazing. Check out this take from a St. Louis Writer. Is he kidding or is he really that stupid?:
DUI arrest may help La Russa in St. Louis


http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/columnists.nsf/billmcclellan/story/50012A0B2B186669862572A7000F54E5?OpenDocument


Interesting point of view.......:eek:

CardNYY
03-26-07, 01:28 PM
Wow. Amazing. Check out this take from a St. Louis Writer. Is he kidding or is he really that stupid?:
DUI arrest may help La Russa in St. Louis


http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/columnists.nsf/billmcclellan/story/50012A0B2B186669862572A7000F54E5?OpenDocument

Bill McClellan. He would know. The guy looks like he came from a bar. He's on a show I used to watch when I was in STL.

The Q Bomb
03-26-07, 09:22 PM
LaRussa's a vegetarian? And vegetarians are can drink? Hmmph! Somehow, I just don't think of atheletes (or their coaches) as vegetarians.

Octoberbaby
03-26-07, 10:48 PM
LaRussa's a vegetarian? And vegetarians are can drink? Hmmph! Somehow, I just don't think of atheletes (or their coaches) as vegetarians.

That's probably why he got drunk so easily. Not enough of that good red meat! :D

BostonYankeeBoy
03-27-07, 09:39 AM
I don't see where how drunk he was makes any difference at all. You don't blow a 0.09 by having a drink with dinner. He drank too much and chose to get behind the wheel of a car. He made a mistake. I don't think he should be crucified but I also don't think that being "just a little bit drunk" should a consideration.
agree 100%.

Gehrig'sGhost
03-27-07, 10:24 AM
Nothing like the travails of the successful to bring out the sanctimony.