Cardinals-Reds rivalry a heated one

Bad blood has escalated ever since the two teams engaged in a brawl last August

Updated: July 15, 2011, 12:27 PM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

When the Cardinals and Reds met for the first time this season in April, shortstop Ryan Theriot, in his first year with St. Louis, walked across the field prepared to give a big hug to his manager for three years with the Cubs, Dusty Baker, who is now the manager of the Reds. Then, just in time, it hit Theriot: Oh no, the Reds and Cardinals hate each other, I'd better not do that. "So,'' Theroit said with a nervous laugh, "I just gave Dusty a little wave.''

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