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.

Royals fire manager Mike Matheny after 65-97 end to season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Manager Mike Matheny and pitching coach Cal Eldred were fired by the Kansas Cty Royals on Wednesday night, shortly after the struggling franchise finished the season 65-97 with a listless 9-2 loss to the Cleveland Guardians.

The Royals had exercised their option on Matheny’s contract for 2023 during spring training, when the club hoped it was turning the corner from also-ran to contender again. But plagued by poor pitching, struggles from young position players and failed experiments with veterans, the Royals were largely out of playoff contention by the middle of summer.

The disappointing product led owner John Sherman last month to fire longtime front office executive Dayton Moore, the architect of back-to-back American League champions and the 2015 World Series title team. Moore was replaced by one of his longtime understudies, J.J. Picollo, who made the decision to fire Matheny hours after the season ended.

Matheny became the fifth big league manager to be fired this year.

Philadelphia’s Joe Girardi was replaced on June 3 by Rob Thomson, who engineered a miraculous turnaround to get the Phillies into the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Angels replaced Joe Maddon with Phil Nevin four days later, Toronto’s Charlie Montoyo was succeeded by John Schneider on July 13 and the Rangers’ Chris Woodward by Tony Beasley on Aug. 15.

In addition, Miami’s Don Mattingly said late last month that he will not return next season.