So: Colby Rasmus celebrated Father's Day yesterday. If that gives you a bad flashback, you remember the weird cold war that went on between Tony Rasmus, father of the St. Louis Cardinals' erstwhile top prospect, and Tony La Russa. To summarize: Tony La Russa liked Colby Rasmus to keep his hitting instruction inside the organization; Tony Rasmus liked to coach his son through slumps and appear in the newspaper.â†µ
"I'm 46, but I can still throw about 90." @LottOnBaseball Colby Rasmus and dad Tony on Father's Day at Rogers Centre. twitpic.com/9xl3wlâ†µ— Drew Silva (@drewsilv) June 17, 2012
I don't think either side can avoid blame for whatever it was that happened between both sides; Rasmus should have been able to deal with his Hall of Fame manager's Hall of Fame-level overbearingness, and La Russa should have been able to understand just how poorly Rasmus was reacting to the treatment he got.â†µ
Mainly I'm glad, after all of it, that it's finally over. I liked Rasmus as a prospect and a player, and I wish the Cardinals had been able to get some longer-term value out of trading him, but the lead-up to the trade was infuriating and seemingly never-ending and Tony Rasmus was kind of a boring villain, anyway. Now we can just be happy for him as his kid goes 3-4 with a homer on Father's Day.