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Tony La Russa Retires

Days after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to World Series victory, La Russa, an Alamo resident and founder of Walnut Creek's Animal Rescue Foundation, announces his retirement.

Tony La Russa is ending 33 years as a manager in professional baseball, including as manager for the Oakland A's.

He announced Monday he is retiring, three days after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a seemingly improbably comeback over the Texas Rangers to win the World Series.

La Russa, whose off-season home is in Alamo, said he has no solid retirement plans.

"I'm looking forward to what's ahead," he said at a news conference at Busch Stadium. "It's scary to have nothing more definite planned. I just want to reassure our family I won't be sitting around with nothing to do... That uncertainty about what's ahead has got me turned on. We'll see where it goes."

LaRussa is quite active in his Animal Rescue Foundation, which has its headquarters in Shadelands Business Park in Walnut Creek.

Creek Diva November 01, 2011 at 10:31 PM
As a long time A's fan, enjoy your retirement Tony. See you around town!
Cheri Eplin November 02, 2011 at 06:48 AM
What a class-act guy. From meeting him as an intern at KRON when I worked the "Oakland A's Fanfest" and he personally thanked me to when I sat at Katy's Creek in Walnut Creek and we shared glances after a young couple was loudly arguing close by, I was rooting his team on in the World Series and celebrate what he does EVERY DAY to bring awareness to animal rescue. All my best to La Russa in his retirement and the adventure of his days ahead!

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