Bill Murray calls Cardinals fans “Satan’s Messengers on Earth”

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This morning I took issue with Yadier Molina’s anti-heads-up play in last night’s Cards-Cubs game. This, as you may expect, caused some Cardinals fans to take issue with me. I won’t embed this tweet because the fellow used some naughty language, but one of the Best Fans in Baseball said:

“Damn, I’d love to see Yadi kick the s** out of you and shove your professionalism up your ***.

That seems a bit much! But there was more!

To which I replied:

To be fair, even if Yadier Molina was the greatest catcher of all time I would’ve said the same thing. Sometimes you gotta teach people to keep their right glove up when they jab with their left, ya know?

Anyway, the great Bill Murray isn’t exactly unbiased when it comes to this stuff. He’s a Cubs fan after all. But, like me, he is amused by The Best Fans in Baseball too. From the Quad City Times (via Deadspin):

Murray, wearing a floppy hat and a blue and gold paisley shirt that was perpetually untucked, began bantering with the masses before he took his first swing.

He asked if any fans saw his beloved Cubs sweep St. Louis in a double-header Tuesday. One woman behind the ropes said she was a Cardinals fan.

“Satan’s messengers on Earth,” was the way Murray described the Cardinals.

“And then it turns out your team is cheaters, too,’’ he added . . . A few steps away, a boy with a Cardinals hat asked for an autograph. Murray signed, then noticed the red cap. “Are you a Cardinals fan? Get out of here. Rotten kid.”

Couldn’t have been said better by the Dalai Lama, himself. Twelfth son of the Lama. The flowing robes, the grace, bald . . . striking.

A’s players, staff support coach after gesture, no penalty

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Major League Baseball has been in touch with the Oakland Athletics about their bench coach making a gesture that appeared to be a Nazi salute following a win over the Texas Rangers.

No discipline has been announced against coach Ryan Christenson, who has apologized for the gesture.

“Ryan Christenson is fully supported by everybody in our clubhouse and they know who he is. So do I. Obviously it didn’t look great but that was not his intent at all. I know that for a fact,” manager Bob Melvin said Friday before a game against Houston.

“He’s just not that guy. I’d say he’s progressive, very progressive as a person. Everybody feels bad for him right now `cause they know who he is,” Melvin added.

A short team meeting was all that the A’s needed because Christenson had full support, Melvin said.

Christenson apologized late Thursday for raising his arm during the postgame celebration. He made the gesture while greeting closer Liam Hendriks following a 6-4 win over the Rangers.

Hendriks immediately pushed Christenson’s arm down. Cameras showed Christenson laughing and briefly raising his arm a second time.

Christenson faced criticism after video of the gesture circulated on social media.

“I made a mistake and will not deny it,” Christenson said in a statement issued through the team. “Today in the dugout I greeted players with a gesture that was offensive. In the world today of COVID, I adapted our elbow bump, which we do after wins, to create some distance with the players. My gesture unintentionally resulted in a racist and horrible salute that I do not believe in. What I did is unacceptable and I deeply apologize.”

The A’s called the gesture “offensive” and apologized for it.

“We do not support or condone this gesture or the racist sentiment behind it,” the team said in a statement. “This is incredibly offensive, especially in these times when we as a club and so many others are working to expose and address racial inequities in our country. We are deeply sorry that this happened on our playing field.”

The 46-year-old Christenson played six years in the majors from 1998-2003. He later spent several years coaching in the minors before becoming bench coach for the A’s in 2018.