La Russa: "I was a lousy player"

The legendary manager explains the story behind his unlikely career

Updated: December 9, 2011, 4:50 PM ET
By John Sawatsky | ESPN The Magazine

This story appears in the Dec. 12, 2011, "Interview Issue" of ESPN The Magazine.

If you've ever heard a jock give a surprisingly revealing interview on ESPN's airwaves, you can bet John Sawatsky had something to do with it. Sawatsky, a former investigative journalist, coaches many of the network's reporters in the science of asking the right questions at the right time. So this being our Interview Issue, we wanted to see if he could actually put his theories into practice ...

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