View Full Version : La Russa Retires A Legend?

10-31-2011, 09:58
I'll make this short and sweet, just for the FAN crowd,
and in doing so I will credit a famous NY Sports Anchor
Len Berman. I get his newsletter every week and this
is what today's had in it:
"Funny how one fly ball can change everything. Cards
manager Tony La Russa is back to being a genius.
If David Freese's fly ball to right in the 9th inning of game
6 is caught by Nelson Cruz, then La Russa is labeled anything
but. We'd still be talking about the bullpen phone fiasco.
If the National League doesn't win the All Star game, then
the Cards don't get home field for game 7. And who knows
how things might have been different with a DH in games 6
and 7. If game 6 doesn't get rained out, then Chris Carpenter
isn't available to pitch game 7. So spare the labels. Just call
La Russa a 3-time World Series champion. That's the way
the ball bounces."

All great points, and yet we are a society that is all about
wins and loses, even the lame Trent Dilfer is a Super Bowl
Champion. There is no question that Tony La Russa knows
baseball, I will never argue that, but boy oh boy I can't
help but think that his two Cardinals World Series winners
won titles that they shouldn't have been involved in, maybe
that's what makes him great, I don't know. Don't forget
though that he was also the manager of TWO World Series
teams that got swept too. His A's lost 0-4 to Cincinnati,
and his Cards lost 0-4 to Boston. Maybe he's allergic to
the color RED in his opponents.

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The Boss
10-31-2011, 11:19
It's hard to give it up for these guys, and I think T LaRussa going out on top is good to see. He had a great career.

10-31-2011, 15:09
Without a doubt this changes how LaRussa will be remembered. If he did not win this year, I think he would go down as a good manager but one who underachieved with the talented teams he had.

Jersey John
11-01-2011, 15:38
He wont be remembered as a drunk now

11-03-2011, 17:59
Tony LaRussa knew enough that it was the right time to go. He will be remembered more positively and he probably only wanted one more anyhow. Let's not use the word legend though, lest we want to lower the bar.

Hopefully he won't mess up with any cringe-worthy moments like a DWI or something. Ride off into the sunset with a designated driver Tony!