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This is why Cardinals fans still dislike Royals pitcher Johnny Cueto

The Reds and Cardinals got into a brouhaha in 2010 that St. Louis fans still remember.
The Reds and Cardinals got into a brouhaha in 2010 that St. Louis fans still remember. The Associated Press

While there was much rejoicing in Kansas City when the news broke of the Royals’ trade to acquire Johnny Cueto, the feeling was much different in the eastern part of Missouri.

Cardinals fans have not forgotten an ugly on-field brawl between St. Louis and the Reds in 2010.

Cueto kicked Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue in the head while wearing spikes. Cueto was suspended seven games.

LaRue retired at the end of the 2010 season as a result of the concussion he received in the incident — and as he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the “close to 20” concussions in his athletic career dating to high school football.

Some Cardinals fans on Sunday said LaRue still can’t drive a car and that he has brain damage.

I don’t know if he can or can’t drive. That Post-Dispatch story from 2010 clearly says he was driving by season’s end.

But, obviously, bad feelings linger.

Here is the brawl:

One other note about LaRue: He at one time played for the Reds and was traded to the Royals — for $1.

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