Tony La Russa
The third all-time winningest manager in Major League Baseball history wrote a book following the triumphant 2011 St. Louis Cardinals championship.
In this edition, Ron covers Cardinals with Rick Hummel & John Mozeliak, Rams with Jim Thomas & Kevin Demoff, Mizzou with Andrew Astleford plus MVC football with Mike Kern.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will enhance Hall of Fame Weekend with a salute to nearly a half century of St. Louis Cardinals’ World Series championships.
Flashing their bright orange spikes and booming bats, the San Francisco sluggers keyed a five-run blitz against Justin Verlander in the first inning that sent the National League to an 8-0 romp over the American League.
La Russa unveiled perhaps his biggest All-Star decision on Monday, choosing Giants ace Matt Cain to start for the NL ahead of Mets 12-game winner R.A. Dickey. The move pairs Cain with teammate Buster Posey, the NL’s starting catcher.
Tony La Russa has Cardinals’ right fielder Carlos Beltran batting fifth and shortstop Rafael Furcal hitting ninth for the National League club.
A baseball superstar since his heroic performance on the diamond during the playoffs last October, the 2011 NLCS and World Series MVP gives the Redbirds a total of five representatives next week at Kansas City.
“You couldn’t write a bad lineup. These guys are all stars,” La Russa said. “But just to play around and see what the different combinations are, someone has to hit seventh, eighth and ninth, and that’s a difficult thing with these guys.”
Ups and Downs at Busch…