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Picture of the Day: Tony La Russa, Triple-A infielder

Oct 31, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

Via the Iowa Cubs’ official Twitter feed, here’s Tony La Russa as a 26-year-old Triple-A infielder in 1971:

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  1. CJ - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Looks just like Kyle Lohse…

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      Yeah really. That line up card thing was classic CJ!

  2. paperlions - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    He looks scrappy. I bet he had huge platoon splits….I mean, he had to…right?

    • natstowngreg - Oct 31, 2011 at 5:39 PM

      Probably, but as a career .199 hitter, who cared?

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2011 at 5:47 PM

        Greg: That is Paper’s way of not so subtely digging at TLR’s penchant for platooning players.

      • paperlions - Oct 31, 2011 at 6:03 PM

        :-)

      • natstowngreg - Oct 31, 2011 at 6:04 PM

        Yeah, got that.

  3. sknut - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    He looks like an accountant in that picture.

  4. clydeserra - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:34 PM

    Its not him. Its a fake. Look at it again, the person in the picture is smiling.

    • anotheryx - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:36 PM

      That must be the saddest smile I ever seen… and he looks nowhere near 26.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      Point taken Clyde. Of course…if you watch his postgame interviews in this years playoffs you saw a great deal of smiling (while making incredibly bad jokes). In hindsite…it’s pretty obvious why. I mean…I even mentioned how well he handled the whole bullpen issue (for TLR anyway). He knew he was done and decided he was going to enjoy it.

    • umrguy42 - Oct 31, 2011 at 7:40 PM

      Seriously, though, did you see the smile on his face when Craig caught that last out? I *loved* that shot they showed. He was like a kid at Christmas, grinning ear to ear

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