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Reds are easy to hate

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A St. Louis Cardinals' fan yells at Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips after he flied out during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 22, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Curry) By Jeff Curry A St. Louis Cardinals' fan yells at Cincinnati Reds' Brandon Phillips after he flied out during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 22, 2011, in St. Louis. The Cardinals won 4-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Curry) By Jeff Curry

The Reds are getting easier to hate all the time. First there was Brandon Phillips talking smack and then tapping Yadier Molina's shin guards. That got the fight started in Cincinnati last year. Then there was Johnny Cueto leaning against the fence and kicking Chris Carpenter and Jason Larue, and effectively ending Larue's major league career. Then was Francisco Cordero hitting Albert Pujols with a high fastball, and yelling into the Cardinals dugout at Gerald Laird, Dave Duncan and others. I know I'd be considered a Cardinals homer, but doesn't it seem like the Reds are the ones always starting the trouble? And now it's their broadcaster, Marty Brennaman, stirring things up. Brennaman called Carpenter a "whiner" and Duncan an "infantile pitching coach". Brennaman isn't some a talk radio shock master trying get noticed. He's a Hall of Famer for heaven's sakes. Can you imagine Jack Buck talking like that? Tony La Russa played it smart when he was asked about the things Brennaman said. "He earned the right to get into the Hall of Fame," La Russa said. "And now he ought to keep earning that respect instead of abusing it." Perfect comment from the skipper. Brennaman also said the Cardinals "might be the most dis-liked team in baseball". Don't get my wrong, I love this kind of rivalry. You can't deny it's entertaining. I can't wait till the Reds come here in July. It just seems to me that they're the ones who keep fanning the flames with ugly behavior, not the Cardinals.

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