A diversion for Tony La Russa

Updated: October 31, 2011, 12:34 PM ET
By Buster Olney

A veteran infielder joined the Cardinals years ago, after 10 years in the major leagues, and on the day of St. Louis' first exhibition game of the spring, he crossed paths with Tony La Russa in the dugout.

"Tony, how you doing today?" the player asked, meaning it as a greeting.

"We'll know in three hours," La Russa responded sternly, referring to the time it would play that day's game.

He compartmentalized his life in this way for years, disciplining ...

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