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Media joins Cardinals-Reds rivalry

With their words and actions on the field, the players and coaches have clearly escalated the rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Cincinnati Reds. Now the media is becoming part of the story.

During the Reds’ game on 700 WLW radio Monday evening against the Cubs, Cincinnati broadcaster and Hall of Famer Marty Brennaman offered some choice words about the Cardinals. They included:

On Chris Carpenter: “…whiner and excuse maker…”

On the Cardinals: “…you might be the most disliked team in baseball…”

On the pitching coach: “…that infantile Dave Duncan…”

Through the courtesy of KMOX radio, one can listen to the audio clip of Brennaman here.

It works both ways.

On the other side of the fence, St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz drew what appeared to be considerable fire from Reds fans on Twitter immediately after Sunday’s Cardinals loss as they responded to his tweets such as these:

“Reds are awfully cocky for a team that’s had one good season over a very long time.”

“…Cardinals got punked by Phillips on Saturday and did nothing about it. Don Tony wouldn’t have put up with that”

Scott Rolen or someone with a brain over there needs to tell the Reds: act like you’ve won something before.”

“Cardinals had an opportunity to take a stand and declined. Let themselves get punked by Phillips on Saturday and gave Cueto a pass.”

“So obviously the Reds think they can pretty much do what they want. No wonder (Cordero) is hollering and pointing at dugout.”

Providing balance, Miklasz followed with a number of explanatory and conciliatory tweets (see above link to his Twitter page) and he wrote a very measured view of the weekend proceedings in his post-series column.

Yet some only focus on the negatives. Social media clearly increases the immediacy and intensity of the exchanges just as the internet has made Brennaman’s critical remarks more widely distributed.

That is the new world in which we live.

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