The current issue of Esquire magazine takes a shot at St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa. In a piece entitled “The Smartest Man in Baseball is an Idiot,” writer Charles P. Pierce says La Russa has ” a rather unspectacular record at winning anything that counts.” Pierce also says La Russa has “the soul of a semifinalist” and compares him to Walter Mondale. Ouch! That’s when Pierce isn’t comparing La Russa to Madonna and Sarah Palin.
I’m not sure what Pierce’s definintion of “anything that counts” is, but it should be noted that La Russa has won World Series titles in both leagues. He is one of only two managers in the history of baseball to do that. La Russa is also THE ONLY manager in the history of baseball to win multiple pennants in both leagues.
Tony La Russa has managed three different teams in his career. All three have made the playoffs. In fact, La Russa has made the playoffs twelve times. The Cardinals are in the playoffs again this year. Despite all these accomplishments, Pierce ridicules La Russa and refers to him throughout his article as “the lawyer.”
It looks like Pierce has some type of personal problem with La Russa. Turns out he’s the “idiot.”