ST. LOUIS -- Remember when Tony La Russa refused to call Jason Motte the Cardinals' closer even after weeks of Motte pitching in the ninth inning? Not until the Cardinals were spraying champagne after winning the World Series did La Russa relent and bestow the title on the hard-throwing right-hander.
Well, a different twist on such role-calling is brewing inside the Cardinals' clubhouse these days. This time, it's not only the manager who is playing with semantics.
Though Trevor Rosenthal has, not surprisingly, emerged as Mike Matheny's No. 1 ninth-inning replacement for Edward Mujica, the rookie right-hander isn't looking to be labeled.
"I don't really consider myself to be the closer of the team," Trevor Rosenthal said Wednesday afternoon after he had saved his third game in three days.
No problem. Rosenthal has his reasons for eschewing the title, and they're all good.
Start with this: Roles really don't matter at this time of year. During the regular season, relievers pr...