BY STEPH ROGERS – FAN FUEL BLOGGER
It doesn’t take Tony La Russa much time to make up his mind. Three days after winning the World Series title with the St. Louis Cardinals last season, La Russa retired from baseball. When he received his customary invite to manage the National League All-Star team this year, there was never a question in his mind that he’d come back for one last hurrah.
“There was never a not side of it. I was excited, thrilled, and honoured to be asked,” the veteran skip said in a conference call on Thursday. “I think it’s one of the best experiences you can have. You’ve got the best baseball players in the world on both sides, you get to watch them work out for two days and compete.”
Just shy of 50 years ago, a 19-year-old La Russa made his major league debut with the Kansas City Athletics. It’s fitting that the All-Star Game on Tuesday night may very well be the last time he wears a uniform, in the city where the Tampa-native first joined The Show in 1963.