CARDINALS MANAGER Tony La Russa is not a "tweet" guy.

So he didn't take kindly to someone setting up a phony Twitter account in his name. In fact, he has filed a lawsuit against Twitter in Superior Court of California in San Francisco, seeking unspecified damages.

Twitter is a social network in which users keep in contact through messages known as tweets.

Many athletes, including Shaquille O'Neal and Terrell Owens, enjoy a good tweet now and then. But, it's hard to believe that the 64-year-old La Russa would know a tweet from a Twinkie.

La Russa, according to the Associated Press, claims the messages damaged his reputation and caused emotional distress.

Among the three tweets was the following, posted on April 19: "Lost 2 out of 3, but we made it out of Chicago without one drunk driving incident or dead pitcher."

Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile died of a heart condition in his Chicago hotel room in 2002. Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock died in an accident in April 2007, while driving with a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit. A month before that, La Russa was discovered asleep behind the wheel and charged with driving under the influence.

The counterfeit account has been deactivated.

Neither La Russa's attorney nor Twitter returned calls from the AP yesterday.

The lawsuit includes a screenshot of the phony La Russa account that says. "Hey there! Tony La Russa is using Twitter." It also includes a photo of the manager.

On the same "page" are the words, "Bio Parodies are fun for everyone."

Except, it seems, Tony La Russa.

Shirt fits Stairs to a T

Recently, while strolling the promenade in Sea Isle City, N.J., we saw a guy wearing a Phillies T-shirt with the following words on the back:

"In case of emergency, use Stairs."

Clever. And true. *

- Tom Mahon