In an Instagram Live video shared by Cardinals outfielder Randy Arozarena, manager Mike Shildt appeared to give an expletive-ladden speech to his players following a 13-1 win in NLDS Game 5 over the Braves.
Included in the apparent postgame team talk was reference to the Braves upping tensions in a hard-fought series, as well as some fired-up predictions for the NLCS and beyond.
“The (Braves) started some s—," Shildt appeared to shout. "We finished the s—. And that’s how we roll. No one f—s with us ever."
As for what comes next for St. Louis?
"I don’t give a f— who we play," Shildt appeared to tell the players. "We’re gonna f— them up. We’re gonna take it right to them the whole f—ing way. We’re gonna kick their f—ing a—.”
“The [Braves] started some shit. We finished the shit. And that’s how we roll. No one fucks with us ever. Now, I don’t give a fuck who we play. We’re gonna fuck them up. We’re gonna take it right to them the whole fucking way. We’re gonna kick their fucking ass.” pic.twitter.com/2J7jyJc60O
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Things got heated between the Cardinals and Braves in Game 1, when St. Louis closer Carlos Martinez took exception to the way Ronald Acuña Jr. celebrated a home run. In Game 5's blowout, Acuña was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning.
Arozarena, a rookie, was probably not supposed to share that private video with the public. But the 24-year-old likely did not realize how fast it would spread, or how it might lead to questioning of the team.
This incident brings to mind what happened with the Steelers in 2017, when wide receiver Antonio Brown's live-shared video of postgame celebrations included words from coach Mike Tomlin on the Patriots.