Phillie in Las Vegas criticizes La Russa


Philadelphia Phillies sparkplug Shane Victorino, a Las Vegas resident, wanted St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa to man up.

During a Las Vegas radio interview Tuesday on ESPN affiliate KWWN-AM, 1100, Victorino said he wasn't buying La Russa's weird post-game explanation after the Cardinals' 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the World Series.

Victorino weighed in on the raging debate after one of the most bizarre World Series finishes.

La Russa owned up to it Tuesday during an off-day news conference.

"Hey, it's my fault," he said. "Maybe I slurred it, whatever it is. It comes down to who has the responsibility when there's those kinds of miscommunications."

La Russa blamed the loss on a miscommunication during a dugout-to-bullpen conversation with bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist.

With the score tied at 2-2 in the eighth, La Russa telephoned the bullpen and asked for lefty Marc Rzepczynski to warm up.

In the post-game interview, however, La Russa said he asked for Rzepczynski -- usual pronunciation -- and righty Jason Motte to start throwing.

La Russa brought in Rzepczynski to face lefty David Murphy, who was left in to hit despite the lefty-lefty confrontation that traditionally favors a southpaw pitcher.

Murphy's bouncer to the mound caromed off Rzepczynski's hand, allowing the Rangers to avoid a double play and load the bases for Mike Napoli, who delivered a two-run double.

Adding fuel to The Great Debate, La Russa then brought in right-hander Lance Lynn instead of Motte, his closer.

Victorino said La Russa should "stand up … say it didn't work out the way we wanted it to." The Phillies centerfielder added, "Don't put it on the players or the bullpen phone."

"Maybe it did happen that way, but I'm not going to buy into that. You got to take accountability."

A CAUTIONARY TWITTER TALE

For all of Twitter's exciting potential, there are perils and pitfalls.

"Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino can't be happy with this situation.

Reports are going viral that he got his comeuppance for trying to play the I'm-a-celebrity card 10 days ago at the Fashion Show mall.

North Carolina Twitter user Laurren McCubbin tweeted "One of my former Apple compatriots just kicked The Situation out of an Apple store for trying to cut in line for a (iPhone) 4S. HE IS MY HERO!"

Well, the story spanned the Twitterverse at the speed of light and was out there for three days before McCubbin offered that Sitch story wasn't abs-solutely accurate: "My friend (who is not a fan of Jersey Shore) got it wrong -- it was actually Pauly D, NOT the Situation. Still kicked him out."

Both Sorrentino and DJ Pauly D were in Las Vegas that weekend.

SIGHTINGS

Canadian recording producer Kevin Churko, at The Bootlegger Bistro on Saturday celebrating the debut of Five Finger Death Punch's "American Capitalist" at No. 3 on The Billboard 200. Churko, who recently relocated to Las Vegas and opened a private record studio, produced and co-wrote the song. That puts Five Finger Death Punch in the same company with two other local bands that had debuts that high on the charts: The Killers with "Sam's Town" and Panic at the Disco with "Pretty.Odd." Joining Churko and the band at The Bootlegger's new Casa de Copa Room: Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne), Lez Warner (The Cult), Brent Fitz (Slash, Theory of a Deadman, Alice Cooper), Mikey Cross and Chris Babbitt (Taking Dawn), Rick DeJesus (Adelitas Way), Adrian and Ryan Patrick (Otherwise), Mike Stanley (Conflict of Interest) and Sherry St. Germain and Todd Kerns (Slash).

THE PUNCH LINE

"The guy who killed Gadhafi was wearing a New York Yankees cap at the time. So, for at least one Yankees fan, it turned out to be a pretty good October." -- Jay Leno

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @NormClarke.

 

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