Well, those Sox fans that had some hope left in Tony La Russa proceeding Terry Francona in Boston can permanently kill that dream. After 33 seasons of managing, La Russa announced his retirement today.
La Russa said he told owner Bill DeWitt and the players Sunday evening of his decision. He said he actually made his decision to retire in August, and informed general manager John Mozeliak at the time.
"There isn't one (factor) that dominates (my decision)," La Russa said at the news conference. "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.
"I'm looking forward to what's ahead. I'm ready to do something different."
If La Russa chose not to retire, odds were he would have stayed in St. Louis. The thought of him in a different combo of red and white was nice, but most of us knew it was not going to happen.
I tip my cap to La Russa, going out on top with his third World Series victory (2 - STL, 1 - OAK). Now, La Russa has to look forward to waiting in line at the social security office.