St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Shildt asked umpires to check the bat Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos used to hit a second-inning grand slam Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park, and Bally Sports Ohio analysts Barry Larkin and Chris Welsh remarked during the television broadcast that there was something about Shildt's move that was eerily reminiscent of former Cards manager Tony La Russa.
"We do know this: He has been using that bat for a while," Larkin said. "Now see back in the day, that is a Tony La Russa move right there."
"Yeah," Welsh agreed. "Which is you let him use it until something happens, right?"
"That's right," Larkin said. "To try to get under the skin of a player."
"Maybe Tony left some notes in the manager's desk drawer?" Welsh said.
"The Tony La Russa way or the St. Louis Cardinals way? One in the same."
"Worked for both of them," Welsh added.
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