St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa walks in through the dugout before a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh Saturday, July 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) By Gene J. Puskar
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (10) hugs Albert Pujols after the Cardinals defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-1 in a baseball game, Saturday, July 16, 2011, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Al Behrman) By Al Behrman
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa says a fan told him he hoped he would get shingles again and that others took insults too far in St. Louis' 8-7, 11-inning victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night.
La Russa appeared to briefly engage in some banter after the game, and called the fans "idiots" in his comments after a game in which Albert Pujols was hit with a high pitch in the seventh inning and Brewers star Ryan Braun was plunked in Milwaukee's next at-bat.
La Russa says that Brewers officials removed several fans near St. Louis' dugout during the game. The 66-year-old La Russa struggled with shingles for over a month earlier this season, missing six games because of the condition.
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