ST. LOUIS -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa isn't best-selling book material and a future Hall of Famer because of his engaging personality. Let's put it this way: When they cast La Russa in the film version of "Three Nights in August," Tom Hanks will take a pass.
But La Russa's obsessive preparation and eye for detail sure come in handy on game day. It's no accident that he seems to have a knack for picking the right time to call for a suicide squeeze, a hit-and-run or a steal.
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