La Russa - Baseball has room for intensity
San Francisco Chronicle - over 3 years
Tony La Russa is old school, like the Cardinals team he handed down to Mike Matheny, and while he might not condone an overabundance of flash, let the record show he never tried to eliminate it altogether.
St. Louis is a traditional baseball town, and La Russa, who managed there 16 years compared with 10 in Oakland and eight in Chicago, cited a quick history of Cardinals tradition, dating to the '30s, which might explain the Busch Stadium culture of today.
The 2013 Dodgers were as free with their emotions as their spending, showing off in the playoffs on a regular basis, from Puig celebrating a homer that didn't happen and a triple that did (all on the same play) to Adrian Gonzalez wiggling his fingers on each side of his head to produce Mickey Mouse ears after St. Louis' Adam Wainwright accused him of doing "Mickey Mouse stuff."
La Russa, now an MLB executive with a tree that branches throughout the majors (including Curt Young and Mike Gallego in Oakland and Walt Weiss in Colorado
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