Tony La Russa Uses Moneyball Joke To Explain His Line-Up Change (Video)
Prior to Game 3 of the NLDS between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Philadelphia Phillies, Cards manager Tony La Russa made a change to his line-up, moving Lance Berkman from left field to right field, and Allen Craig from right field to left field. It didn’t seem like a move that took too much thinking, but when asked to explain the swap, La Russa came up with the following explanation:
“It’s my tribute to Moneyball. You know, I’m not a big Moneyball fan. It has its little place. It doesn’t have a big place. So, what we do is we take the square footage between the right field line and center field, and the square footage from left field to center field, divide that by pi, and we multiply it by bullsh*t, and then we pick the field that’s closest to the dugout, and that’s where Lance plays.”
Unfortunately for La Russa, his Moneyball calculations didn’t translate into a victory for the Cards, as they fell to the Phillies by a score of 3-2 and now find themselves one loss away from being eliminated from the post-season. We aren’t quite sure if Tony is going to stick to his awkward fielding equations for Game 4 tonight, but if he can translate them into two consecutive wins and a series victory over the Phils, it may not be long before they begin writing the script for “Bullsh*t Ball: La Russa’s Answer to Moneyball.”
Here is a look at La Russa’s pre-game tribute to Moneyball.