OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics manager Tony La Russa blew up at Ruben Sierra yesterday, blasting him as an "idiot" for comments he made in yesterday's Chronicle.
"Every time he opens his mouth he makes a fool of himself," La Russa said. "You try to protect guys, shade the truth a bit, but there's a term players use, V.I., when a player starts believing fantasy. He's a village idiot."
Sierra told columnist Joan Ryan it's "crazy" for the A's to tell him to look for more walks. He said he would like to pitch to A's general manager Sandy Alderson, so he could throw the first pitch "over his head."