Sunday, May 30, 2010
2010 Topps Heritage Tony LaRussa
Who is this? St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa
What is this? An autographed card from the 2010 Topps Heritage set
Where'd I get it? I wrote to LaRussa just after the season started and asked him to sign it. It came back in yesterday's mail.
How much did it cost? Around $1, including postage.
Why is this so special? Tony LaRussa is not my favorite manager in baseball, but there's no denying his success or his influence on the game. He's managed for 32 seasons, won 5 pennants and 2 World Series trophies, and is closing in on 5,000 victories.
LaRussa, for better or worse, transformed the way managers use their bullpens. He will, without a doubt, be a Hall of Famer once he retires and becomes eligible.
LaRussa signature is surprisingly readable considering the volume of mail he must receive.