During Game 5 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers on Monday night, Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa made a series of increasingly unexplainable pitching moves in the eighth inning, which helped contribute to his team's loss. After the game, LaRussa blamed the bizarre changes (sports fans and non-sports fans can read about them here) not on failed strategy, but a faulty bullpen phone. It seems that the Texas crowd was so loud that the Cardinals' bullpen coach had trouble hearing which pitchers LaRussa was asking for when he called down. On ESPN Radio this morning, hosts Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic imagined one reason for the phone disaster: Bullpenfone.

Thanks, ESPN? In response, Moviefone checked in with the real Mr. Moviefone to find out what he thought of the incident: "Sounds to me like Tony LaRussa would have been better off dialing up the real Moviefone," he said. "Tony, use your day off to check out 'Moneyball' -- who knows? You might learn something!" Press one, TLR!

[via ESPN]

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