Cardinals put squeeze on sinking Padres

The Cardinals can bash the ball with the best of 'em. But in their Game 2 win, they also showed how fundamentally sound a team they are, writes Jerry Crasnick.

Originally Published: October 6, 2005
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

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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