Tony La Russa has been around a lot of baseball players in his day. He is one of the greatest managers in the history of Major League Baseball. For the Chicago White Sox, he is trying to get them to the promised land of winning a World Series for the first time since 2005.
The last time Tony managed before coming out of retirement, it was with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2011, Albert Pujols played his last season with the Cardinals and it just happened to be La Russa’s last year there as well.
They won the World Series that year making Pujols a two-time champion player and La Russa a three-time champion manager. It was a great year for both of them as they each decided to move on after it was all said and done.
Pujols signed a big deal with the Los Angeles Angels while La Russa stopped managing for almost a decade. Now, La Russa is with the White Sox gearing up for year two while Pujols just signed a one-year deal to return to the Cardinals.
Pujols was traded from the Angels to the Los Angeles Dodgers last year as his contract was expiring. He was good for them as they made a run all the way to the National League Championship Series. Now, he returns to St. Louis where it all started for him.
Tony was asked about Pujols returning to St. Louis on Monday and his answer spoke volumes about what he thinks of the situation. He mentioned that he is extra happy for Albert while also thrilled for the team and the city. It is certainly a great baseball story.
Tony La Russa is excited to see Albert Pujols back with the St. Louis Cardinals
Pujols announced that this was going to be the last year of his Major League career which is also significant. He is for sure going to go out with the team where he became a legend. He is fifth all-time in home runs and only trails Alex Rodriguez for fourth by 17.
He will be trying to catch that total while helping the St. Louis Cardinals compete in a highly competitive National League. They should be right there with the Milwaukee Brewers for the top spot in the NL Central Division and Albert hopes to be a big part of it.
Seeing him return to that team and rejoin Adam Wainright and Yadier Molina is going to be so cool for all baseball fans. The Chicago White Sox aren’t going to face them at all unless they both win the pennant so we are allowed to think this is awesome.