For those of us out there wondering how La Russa could ever have lost a game, the reason became clear during his press conference when he revealed that the phone that connects the bullpen to the dugout had poor volume. La Russa was calling for ace closer Motte, but only got Rzepczynski warming up. Later, La Russa called for Motte again, but the bullpen heard Lynn who was apparently supposed to be unavailable for the game. Though La Russa blamed poor phone volume, the truth was that it was actually just a miscommunication.
"I thought we had worked out a new communication system." Explained bullpen coach Lilliquist. "So that no one could steal signs. Which in hindsight doesn't make any sense since everyone can see who's warming up in the bullpen, and there aren't really any signs to steal."
What was the communication system?
"Basically the way it works is that what you say you want, you don't actually want, and what you don't say you want, you need to infer somehow that its what you actually want. Its called the 'Talking to Your Girlfriend' communication system. Its really confusing, and I'm really bad at it. Its why I sent in Lynn, and why I'm sleeping at a friends house tonight." Said Lilliquist.
So there you have it. Poor communication can even harm your world series hopes.