Former Cardinal first baseman Jack Clark, on his old squadron:

“I’m really tired of watching the effort, that’s for sure,” Clark said. “I’m not seeing a lack of (effort) I’m seeing a pathetic effort. These Cards fans deserve much better. That’s just awful. They won’t admit it, that they’re quitters. If you can’t put a better effort out there on the field, take ’em all out, back up the truck, ship ’em all out and get somebody in here that wants to play baseball.”

“We’ve got one team here (San Diego) going for the title and we’ve got our team going for the toilet,” he said. “They’ve got poopy in their pants,” and he went on to make another off-color remark about what’s “in their britches.”

Somehow, he was asked about George Steinbrenner, who never, to my knowledge, owned the Cardinals:

“When George Steinbrenner was alive, may he rest in peace, he would never let this (happen),” Clark said. “As an owner he would be down in that clubhouse telling them to get their head out of you know where, start playing baseball, and it better start right away, or some heads are going to roll. And they won’t have to worry about putting those heads where the grass doesn’t grow.”

I hope that Brandon Phillips is laughing right now.