Tony La Russa announces retirement

Updated: November 2, 2011, 10:54 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

ST. LOUIS -- Tony La Russa waited until after the championship parade, then called a team meeting with his players.

"We didn't know what to expect," said pitcher Chris Carpenter, who won Game 7 of the World Series Friday night against Texas. "I think we all figured it was just going to be like, 'Thataway guys. Great year. Way to battle!' Instead, he dropped that on us. I think everybody was caught off-guard."

And with that, the 67-year-old La Russa said goodbye to baseball and became ...

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