CHECK IT OUT, My Peeps! ! !

A Very VERY Special Gift Was Given To Me Today By My Brother…

NICE, Eh!?!?!

Agreed.

Goes Along GREAT With The Previous One…

And…

Well…

Here They Are TOGETHER…

Contented?

Me?

DAMN SKIPPY!

I’m Already Lookin’ Forward To The “12 In 12” Editions They’ll Be Wearing This Time NEXT YEAR!

teehehehe

;-)

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Tony La Russa Announces His Retirement!

(Pieces Of The Article) By Joey Nowak / MLB.com—

Tony La Russa, the third-winningest manager in Major League history and most assuredly a future Hall of Famer, announced his retirement as a manager on Monday, fewer than three days after winning a World Series for the third time in his 33-year career, the past 16 of them with the Cardinals.

The surprising announcement was made during a Monday morning news conference at Busch Stadium.

“There isn’t one [factor] that dominates [my decision],” La Russa said. “They all just come together telling you your time is over.

“We went through the season and I felt that this just feels like it’s time to end it and I think it’s going to be great for the Cardinals to refresh what’s going on here.”

He said that he’d made his decision to retire in August, informing general manager John Mozeliak at that time. He said he told his coaching staff of his decision on Sunday.

“I’m looking forward to what’s ahead,” La Russa said. “I’m ready to do something different.”

La Russa, 67, steps down with 2,728 managerial victories, ranking behind only Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763). Only Mack has managed in more ballgames. The Cardinals skipper is also the only manager in Major League Baseball history to win multiple pennants in both leagues and the second to win a World Series title in each, as well.

La Russa’s Oakland A’s won the World Series in 1989. Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson won World Series titles with Cincinnati and Detroit. The Cardinals’ championship was their second in the past six seasons.

La Russa said that he did not consider continuing in order to get the 36 wins he would have needed and pass McGraw on the all-time list.

“I’m aware of the history of the game,” he said. “But I would not be happy with myself if the reason I came back was to move up one spot. That’s not why you manage … it’s not something that motivates me. Wherever you finish, you finish.”

More than half of his victories — 1,408 — have come in a St. Louis uniform, making him the franchise’s winningest manager, after having led the Cardinals to a surprising World Series title this season.—

CAREER MANAGERIAL WINS

Rank Manager Years Wins
1. Connie Mack* 53 3,731
2. John McGraw* 33 2,763
3. Tony La Russa 33 2,728
4. Bobby Cox 29 2,504
5. Joe Torre 29 2,326
6. Sparky Anderson* 26 2,194
7. Bucky Harris* 29 2,158
8. Joe McCarthy* 24 2,125
9. Walter Alston* 23 2,040
10. Leo Durocher* 24 2,008

*Hall of Famer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Holy Cow, Kids!

I Seriously WAS Shocked.

He’s a Damn Fine Manager, and WILL BE A Hall-Of-Famer…

Tho, I’m forced to admit I’ve been WAITING FOR THIS FOR A FEW SEASONS.

I’m VERY Pleased He’s Going-Out While He’s ON-TOP.

The Best Should ALWAYS Go-Out In That Manor.

NOW???

I Am Soooooooooooooo Ready For…

The St. Louis Cardinals: The JOSE OQUENDO Years!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Here’s Your Official Bookend…

Since They Won #11 in 2011, I'm Already Hearing The Calls for #12 in 2012. I'd LOVE to See a Nice Repeat!

Love It, Love It, Love It!

 

The 2011 Season is NOW Officially Over

BUT WHAT A SEASON!!!

 

Please Please Stay Tuned, as I’m NOT Leavin’ Y’all Hangin’…

…Pitchers and Catchers Report in February

…I’ll Be Back With You TOMORROW

I AM SOOOOOOOOOOO READY!!!

Yeah… Well… I Ain’t Ready To Call It “A Season”… yet.

Pujols decision can wait for Cardinals

(Pieces Of The Article) By R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer —

Albert Pujols tried to give away nothing during the celebration, tried to stay in the moment. But what a moment it was.

Getting another taste of that championship feeling surely will tip the scales in favor of the St. Louis Cardinals at least a little bit when it comes time to talk contract.

“Obviously, right now a lot of things go through my head and thinking about the whole season,” Pujols said at the podium after the Cardinals won their 11th World Series.

“Probably like two or three weeks from now, that’s when I’m really going to be sitting down and saying, ‘Wow, where we were, and now we’re the 2011 World Champions.’ It’s unbelievable.”

What remained of Friday after the Cardinals finished off the Texas Rangers in Game 7 was for savoring one of the most unlikely comebacks in major league history. Hundreds of fans peacefully roamed the downtown streets well into the night.

“Truly a dream come true,” manager Tony La Russa said. “It’s hard to really imagine it actually happened.”

On Sunday, the team will bask in adulation once again with a victory parade scheduled for late afternoon. In 2006, the team estimated between 300,000 and a half-milllion people lined the streets.

Five players remain from 2006, when the Cardinals backed into the postseason as an 83-win team and then got hot when key players got healthy. Pujols, Yadier MolinaSkip Schumaker, and Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright remain from that team, which also was lightly regarded.

Can’t top 2011.

“This team is unbelievable,” Carpenter said after beating the Rangers for the second time. “Most amazing team I’ve ever been a part of.”—

 

 

Yeah. I Think We’ll Take That.

Nice Way To Make It All Official.

Following Sunday’s Parade, I Suppose We’ll Have To Call It “A Season”.

It’s Going To Be A Damn Loooooooooooong, Coooooooooooooooooold, Winter.

However, I Do SOOOOOOOOO Love Spring-Time In The Midwest.

I’m Already Looking Forward To MANY MANY MANY Rounds of Mock-Drafting In Preparation For The Ole 2012 Campaign.

I Do Promise To Not Stay Away Tooooo Long, Tho.

How Would The Baseball World Function Without Me?

Parrish The Thought, Eh!?!?!

EXACTLY MY POINT!

;-)

Just Some Of The Headlines Floating About The Cyber-World…

Carpenter sets tone in Cardinals’ Game 7 clincher

After coming so close, Rangers fall short again

 

Hometown boy David Freese is MVP of World Series

 

Cards win World Series, beat Texas 6-2 in Game 7

 

'Nuff 'Ced!