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A Tony La Russa roast? I LOVE it

Dec 24, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

La Russa closeup

The St. Louis chapter of the BBWAA is having its annual dinner on January 16th. And in addition to the usual awards and things, they’re shaking things up by roasting Tony La Russa:

To mark manager Tony La Russa’s return for a 16th season in the Cardinals dugout, the writers have invited some of his close friends and formers players to join the dinner in a … ahem … toast to the club’s winningest skipper. If some of those friends and players also choose to needle, jab, joke or otherwise tease TLR, well we can’t be held responsible. They’re men, not machines.

If there’s anyone in baseball who needs a good roasting it’s Tony La Russa. I have no idea how he’d take some truly inspired put-downs. I could see him laughing at himself. I could see him scowling. I could also see him pretending to enjoy the night while secretly making an enemies list that includes the participants.

But I do know this: the first guy up should start telling a joke, stop in the middle, be replaced by a guy who tells some more of it, stop, and then be replaced by a third guy who closes the joke out.

  1. mcsnide - Dec 24, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    the first guy up should start telling a joke, stop in the middle, be replaced by a guy who tells some more of it, stop, and then be replaced by a third guy who closes the joke out.

    Alternating speaking from different sides of the podium, of course.

  2. PanchoHerreraFanClub - Dec 24, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Steve Kline is one of the former players who will be roasting. In one game Kline warmed up three different times without getting into the game. At the end of the third time, Steve flashed a middle finger towards the dugout from the bullpen. After game (which the Cardinals won, so LaRussa was in a good mood) one of the reporters ask Tony about the incident. Tony didn’t know about it. LaRussa left the press conference and in full uniform confronted Kline in the shower! Tony thumped Kline on his chest and offer to duke it out right there. Kline apologized on the spot.

    My advice to the roasters is to keep the ribs at Tony kind of gentle and very good natured.

  3. schmedley69 - Dec 24, 2010 at 3:03 PM

    Why wait for the roast when we can start right now? I’ll get things started:

    Hey Tony, 1978 called. They want that haircut back.

  4. apbaguy - Dec 24, 2010 at 3:33 PM

    Maybe some re-enactment of Tony dancing with the ballet…

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