Tony LaRussa Supports Arizona Immigration Law (Video)
Tony LaRussa said he supports the Tea Party and the controversial Arizona Immigration Law yesterday.
LaRussa was asked about the law during a local St. Louis TV station's report on Tea Party demonstrators at the Cardinals game. The Tea Partiers were there because the Arizona Diamondbacks were in town, and Tea Party members wanted to "show their support for the state of Arizona."
While all of the other members of the Cardinals refused to comment on the immigration law, LaRussa came out in support of it.
"This is America, right? You're supposed to have opinions...I'm actually in support of what Arizona is doing," he said. "The national government doesn't fix your problem then you've got to fix it yourself."
Baseball is a sport that relies heavily on Hispanic players, and on the whole, MLB players and teams have opposed to the law. Some have even called for a boycott of the 2011 All-Star Game, which is scheduled to be in Arizona.
While the Cardinals have a lot of white guys on their team, their best player (who also happens to be the best player in baseball) is Hispanic. Albert Pujols doesn't strike me as the type to come out in opposition to his coach, but it makes you wonder how LaRussa's comments could affect their relationship behind closed doors.
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