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Tony La Russa doesn't enjoy his job much anymore

Sep 13, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

Why? young players and the media, mostly:

“The highs are enjoyable but you can’t enjoy them for long. The
disappointments are painful and you carry them for much longer. It’s
part of the competition. What’s made the job not as much fun is the
combination of distractions of players due to money and security … and
the proliferation of media.”

For a guy who has had as much success as he has had, and who has had about as little really critical press as anyone in his position can be expected to have — quick — when was the last time he was truly on the hot seat for anything? — La Russa sure has a thin skin. I suppose it’s just temperamental at some point.  All I know for sure is that you never hear Joe Torre and Bobby Cox grousing about that kind of stuff.

Is there any doubt that this is Tony’s last year?

  1. pcrm - Sep 13, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    I’m assuming he includes himself in his complaints about money in the game since he earns 4 million a year, more than the majority of players on the Cardinals roster? Money that the ‘proliferation of media’ and broadcasting has helped pay for?

  2. frank pepe - Sep 13, 2010 at 1:23 PM

    yeah, he really got raked over the coals for that DUI. oh wait..

  3. Mrsteve - Sep 13, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Bar breath

  4. Levi Stahl - Sep 13, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    I’m still a LaRussa fan, but I will say that it was genuinely refreshing to hear how plain-spoken, open, genial, and reasonable Bobby Cox was in the interview they showed on ESPN last night. He just seemed completely straightforward and reliable, which matched perfectly with what Chipper had to say about him when asked later in the game. I appreciate having LaRussa manage my favorite team, but I sure as hell wouldn’t want to work for him, while Bobby Cox seems like he would be a great boss.

  5. Sam Lee - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:09 PM

    Hey Levi, Tony’s nose would reach to the moon if it grew a millimeter for every lie he tells.

  6. Buccofan - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    LaRussa among managers and Billy “I’m a Genius, Just Ask Me” Beane among GMs have had the closest thing to a free pass there is for many years. LaRussa will be back, perhaps not with the Cardinals. He likes the money and the attention too much.

  7. Jonny5 - Sep 13, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    I can’t stand this guy. Who in their right mind would keep Colby Rasmus on the bench for as long as Tony did? Stupid decision over personal issues. Jerk.

  8. Dan in Katonah - Sep 13, 2010 at 4:02 PM

    If you chose to work in a field that is inherently subject to media scrutiny, and collect $4M/year for the privilege, then you forfeit your right to gripe about the little things that bother you. There are hundreds of coaches and managers riding the buses in the minors who would gladly have what he is complaining about. I think too much time living in an insular, pampered world has deprived LaRussa of perspective and open the floodgates on stupid statements in front of the ever-present microphones.
    In short, he should shut the Eff up.

  9. IdahoMariner - Sep 14, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    “Is there any doubt that this is Tony’s last year?”
    do NOT do your reverse-curse thing on this, Craig! LaRussa is a whiny baby. Poor, poor baby. Go home.

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