According to Cincinnati.com, Brennaman referred to Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter as a "whiner and excuse-maker," and to "infantile pitching coach" Dave Duncan. La Russa clearly found the remarks irritating, but remained measured in his response.
"I think the safest thing to say is he [Brennaman] is a Hall of Famer, and he should get the respect that inclusion in that place deserves," La Russa said. "And then he ought to earn it every day from his Hall of Fame induction forward. He ought to earn it and not abuse it."