Ryan Theriot Glad to Be on 'Right Side' of Cubs-Cardinals Rivalry
According to the Chicago Tribune, Theriot told a St. Louis radio station that he's "finally on the right side of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry" and took some pot shots at the Cubs' management and their dedication to ending the club's long World Series drought.
He also talked about being jealous of the Cardinals, and that's probably the part where the whole thing starts to seem a little disingenuous, at least to me. Theriot became the Cubs' everyday shortstop in 2007, when the Cubs beat the Cardinals and won the NL Central.
He held onto the job in 2008, when the Cubs beat the Cardinals and won the NL Central. In 2009, the Cubs won a not-terrible 83 games and lost the division to the Cardinals, who were promptly knocked out of the playoffs in the first round. In 2010, the Cubs stunk, but then the Cardinals didn't make the playoffs either.
As the Tribune points out, it was only a few months ago that Theriot was telling the Chicago media how sad he was to be leaving the Cubs after spending his whole career there. Now he's taking some big swipes at the same organization.
Perhaps he should be more focused on beating out Brendan Ryan and Skip Schumaker for the two starting positions in the middle of the Cardinals' infield. It's true both guys were pretty terrible in 2010 and that's why the Cardinals wanted Theriot in the first place, but the Cardinals didn't get to be the organization that Theriot so suddenly admires by just handing starting jobs to players coming off of a season in which they posted a .633 OPS.