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Colby Rasmus's Father's Day A Reminder Of Tony Vs. Tony 2011

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.

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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.

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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.