Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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…now we all can’t talk until Lance Berkman says our name three times.

In all seriousness, the Cardinals slugger had a few choice words for the way the commish handled the sale of the Houston Astros this offseason. EXTORTION! If you’ll recall, part of the agreement to push the sale through was for Houston, who has been in the National League since the 1960s, was to move to the American League starting in 2013. With that, they’ll have to toss money at another consistent bat (for the terrorist position known as the designated hitter) and fly a lot further to games as a member of the West Division.

Jim Crane, who purchased the team doesn’t quite see it that way. He bit the bullet and told ESPN that he believed the move was “good for baseball.”

That probably won’t stop Berkman, who said he’d have no qualms using the word extort to describe the situation to Commish. He didn’t hesitate doing the same in 2008 when an Astros home series against the Cubs was moved from Houston to Milwaukee in the wake of a hurricane.

(h/t USA Today)

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