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Monday, October 31, 2011

Budweiser Clydesdale named after Tony La Russa

Hi-yo, Shingles! Away!

A “world famous” Budweiser Clydesdale has a new name: Tony La Russa.

Anheuser-Busch announced on Sunday the naming of one of its famous horses after La Russa, the longtime St. Louis Cardinals manager who led his team through an epic playoff run this fall.

“Tony is one of the great managers in the long and rich history of Major League Baseball,” said Dave Peacock, president, Anheuser-Busch. “He’s delivered two championships and countless memories to an entire generation of Cardinals fans. We felt it was time to recognize Tony for his lasting contributions to baseball in our hometown.”

Repoz Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:01 PM | 23 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. cardsfanboy Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:10 PM (#3983207)
Tony Larussa just announced his retirement. Best manager in my lifetime and probably the past fifty years.
   2. Dag Nabbit at ExactlyAsOld.com Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:11 PM (#3983210)
Just heard the retirement news on the radio. Shocker.

That's going out on top.
   3. Frisco Cali Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:14 PM (#3983213)
The horse is named "drunky"?
   4. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:21 PM (#3983224)
Yeah, but only the back half.
   5. Lassus Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:24 PM (#3983227)
Agree with #2 - would that we could all retire in such fashion.
   6. rr Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:32 PM (#3983248)
   7. The District Attorney Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:34 PM (#3983255)
Are they gonna shoot it now?
   8. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:34 PM (#3983256)
Maybe the best timed retirement ever. Has any manager that old and with that good a career ever retired after winning a championship? There've been some great athletes like Jim Brown and Sandy Koufax who retired at the top of their games, but the only comparable manager or coach who comes to mind is Red Auerbach, and he was only in his late 40's when he stepped down as the Celtics' coach. I'm sure there've been more, but I'm drawing a blank.
   9. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:39 PM (#3983263)
Has any manager that old and with that good a career ever retired after winning a championship?

Bill Walsh retired from the NFL after winning his 3rd Super Bowl. He later coached Stanford for the 2nd time but, of course, never again in the NFL.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2011 at 02:48 PM (#3983284)
but the only comparable manager or coach who comes to mind is Red Auerbach, and he was only in his late 40's when he stepped down as the Celtics' coach.


Holy crap, he was. He looks like he's in his late 60s in photographs. People age much differently than they used to.
   11. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 31, 2011 at 03:59 PM (#3983383)
Other than the baldness, he didn't really look all that much older than he really was. Here's what he looked like after his final game as coach. He was 48 at the time.
   12. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: October 31, 2011 at 04:09 PM (#3983394)
Edited. Was thinking of players instead of coaches.
   13. PreservedFish Posted: October 31, 2011 at 04:18 PM (#3983408)
I also thought that Auerbach was in his 50s or 60s.
   14. Swoboda is freedom Posted: October 31, 2011 at 05:11 PM (#3983467)
Of course, since they used the St. Louis telephone, the horse is now named Tony Danza.
   15. Bob Tufts Posted: October 31, 2011 at 06:48 PM (#3983583)
I know that the STl populace worships LaRussa, but is it appropriate to name a Budweiser Clydesdale foal after a PETA member that had a well publicized DUI?
   16. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 31, 2011 at 06:55 PM (#3983588)

He was 48 at the time.


By comparison, George Clooney is 50.
   17. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: October 31, 2011 at 06:57 PM (#3983589)
but is it appropriate to name a Budweiser Clydesdale foal after a PETA member that had a well publicized DUI?

What? Do you want to kill irony? It's all I have left!
   18. Don Lock Posted: October 31, 2011 at 07:21 PM (#3983617)
Maybe they could just name the horse's back end after Tony?
   19. Stormy JE Posted: October 31, 2011 at 08:10 PM (#3983661)
I know that the STl populace worships LaRussa, but is it appropriate to name a Budweiser Clydesdale foal after a PETA member that had a well publicized DUI?

Just be sure the horse has a designated driver at all times.
   20. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: October 31, 2011 at 08:18 PM (#3983666)
but is it appropriate to name a Budweiser Clydesdale foal after a PETA member that had a well publicized DUI?

You think that's bad? Until a few weeks ago, they were going to name it after Dan McLaughlin.
   21. LionoftheSenate Posted: October 31, 2011 at 08:22 PM (#3983671)
Holy crap, he was. He looks like he's in his late 60s in photographs. People age much differently than they used to.


Must be all the junk food and lack of physical activity.
   22. DEF Posted: October 31, 2011 at 08:24 PM (#3983675)
I think people are missing the obvious here. Tony LaRussa will manage the Cardinals next year, except it'll be Tony LaRussa the horse. The Cardinals save money by not needing to hire a human manager, the fans get a familiar name at the helm, and there's probably no difference in the quality of the managing. I feel bad for the bench coach, though, who gets stuck cleaning up after Tony LaRussa.
   23. 'Spos Posted: October 31, 2011 at 11:42 PM (#3983821)
No "Pony La Russa, Friendship is Management" jokes?

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