Snub Tony LaRussa at Your Own Peril

Barack Obama said he'd call the World Series-winning manager, but he didn't. But the manager doesn't seem too miffed about the snub.

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Tony LaRussa just won the World Series as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. He's one of the winningest managers ever. He has a law degree. He chews through relief pitchers like Dubble Bubble, loves ballet, and has a law degree.

And he's probably really hurt that Barack Obama didn't call to congratulate him after his team won the series.

Actually, I think Barack's going to get away with this one. Here's LaRussa, talking to the local media after the win, and after announcing his retirement:

“That’s a good point, I hadn’t really even thought about that,” replied a surprised-sounding La Russa, who can be forgiven for having a few other things on his mind over the past week.  “As we were getting into the World Series we had a call from the White House to make sure they had the correct number for my office.”

But as the wild, champagne-drenched celebration of the team’s 11th World Series title was going on in the locker room, that phone never rang.

“We never did get a call,” La Russa said.

And all this despite the fact that the First Lady, Michelle Obama, was in town for Game 1 of the World Series.

“Very impressive, too.” La Russa recalled of his meeting with the First Lady.

It was probably an accident that the compliment for the First Lady didn't make it into this version of the story.

The manager is looking forward, and any slight suffered at the hand of the commander-in-chief seems to have been brushed off. It may be for the best, anyway. They certainly wouldn't want to talk politics.

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