Jim Edmonds said during an interview today on my radio show, that he feels like he's been stabbed in the back by the Cardinals organization. Edmonds says he gave the Cardinals the best years of his career, not to mention several million dollars to their Cardinals Care charity, only to be bad mouthed by Tony La Russa upon his return to Busch Stadium as a Cub. La Russa was angry at Edmonds after reading a quote in a Chicago paper where Edmonds said he was tired of being asked about the Cardinals - that he is a Cub now - and wants to put his Cardinal days behind him. Why that made La Russa so mad I don't know. What other position could Edmonds possibly take as he plays for a new team in the thick of a pennant race? La Russa has alienated a number of former Cardinal players after their days of active duty here, and Edmonds has been added to that list. Ozzie Smith, Ron Gant, Ray King, Steve Kline, David Eckstein and Scott Rolen are among the others. There's something very wrong when so many players, many of whom were extremely productive and popular here, leave the Cardinals organization under bitter terms. I understand that players will always come and go, and many aren't happy when their number comes up, but it seems like La Russa could do a better job of handling players on their way out of the organization. Jim Edmonds is the best centerfielder to ever wear a Cardinal uniform. He was a good soldier here for 8 years. Provided some of the most exciting moments of this decade. The fact that he feels like he's been stabbed in the back by the organization is disturbing. There has to be a better way for La Russa to handle players he longer wants on his team.