Late-inning leads no comfort to La Russa

What really makes Tony La Russa nervous in the Cardinals' dugout? Try one-run leads late in the game.

Originally Published: April 27, 2005
By Gary Miller | Special to ESPN.com

• The opening to Tony La Russa's book "3 Nights in August" is the quote "I'm as nervous as I've ever been. I have a terrible headache. My head is pounding. I feel like throwing up and I'm having trouble swallowing. And the beauty of it is, you want to feel like this everyday." I asked La Russa about that feeling and if it was there in his first meeting with the Cubs this season when John Mabry came within two feet of tying it on the last swing in the bottom of the ninth inning.

"No, ...

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