It pains me as a Dodger fan to say this, but I may have to start rooting for the St, Louis Cardinals after this interview with manager Tony LaRussa. When local TV station KSDK asks LaRussa about a planned Tea Party demonstration at the ballpark last night, LaRussa offers the standard response that “this is America” and celebrates free speech. But then LaRussa goes a little further and actually talks about his support for Arizona’s new law, saying that the people in the state have the right to act if the federal government fails to do its job:

During an interview before tonight’s game against the Diamondbacks, he had little to say when asked about a contingency from the local Tea Party that planned to show its support for Arizona and its controversial new immigration law in the stands. In fact, he said he didn’t even know they were coming.

LaRussa did say he felt any kind of political demonstrations being made in the stands would be easy for his team to ignore.

He also voiced his support for Arizona’s new approach to immigration. “This is America. You are supposed to have opinions and disagree,” he said. “I’m actually a supporter of what Arizona is doing… you know if people don’t fix their problems they have to take care of it themselves.”

The team took a delightfully pro-business stance on the demonstration:

The Cardinals say they are “delighted” to welcome any group helping to surpass three million tickets sold at Busch Stadium.

I’m telling you, this attitude could make the Cardinals my second-favorite major league baseball team, at least. I wonder whether some Arizona fans might consider the Cardinals their most favorite team, since the Diamondbacks’ owner announced his “personal opposition” to SB1070.