St. Louis manager Mike Shildt has apologized for his profane speech after the Cardinals topped the Atlanta Braves to win the National League Division Series.
The second-year skipper reportedly dropped several f-bombs and told his players they would “kick their asses,” referring to the team's next playoff opponent.
Cards rookie outfielder Randy Arozarena streamed the speech live on Instagram, unbeknownst to Shildt, so the remarks made their way out of the clubhouse.
The manager said he's not upset with his player, but said the comments "should have been private."
“I apologize if my language offended anyone,” said Shildt, who has been with the team 15 years. “I am flawed and have my moments. I grew up in a clubhouse and one of the crosses I bear is my language. I try to represent this organization with class and dignity. I have done a nice job over the many years of curbing that and trying to represent always this organization and myself in a positive light, with class and dignity.
“I will not apologize for having passion about how I feel about our team.”
Shildt's style has obviously resonated with his players, who will take on the Washington Nationals in the National League Championship Series starting Friday night.
“It means a lot to everybody,” says Cardinals Game 1 starter Miles Mikolas. “We get to see that fired up side of him when the cameras are off - or supposed to be off. You see your manager get that fired up, that amped up, it’s contagious.
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