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St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa Calls Foul on Twitter

St. Louis Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa has called, "You're out!" to Twitter. According to FOX News, the future hall-of-fame baseball manager filed suit last month against the microblogging site.

La Russa, who is seeking an unspecified amount in damages, claims a fake Twitter account set up in his name featured "derogatory and demeaning" comments that caused him emotional distress and injured his reputation. The most troubling tweets concern two former Cardinals pitchers -- unnamed in the article -- who have both died in the last few years. While the account is no longer active, pages from the lawsuit show a screenshot with a picture of La Russa and a heading that reads, "Hey there! Tony La Russa is using Twitter."

If he had a legitimate account, we certainly would follow La Russa on Twitter. Who wouldn't want to read about his pre-game routine or find out what he thinks about cities the team visits? Until then, we wish La Russa the best and ask that this practice of creating fake celebrity accounts ends. After all, there's really no legitimate rationale behind it; many professional athletes do use Twitter as a way to stay more connected with their fans.

Here are a few entertaining athletes to follow: Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O'Neal, Buffalo Bills receiver Terrell Owens, and cyclist Lance Armstrong. [From: FOX News]

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