Governor calls Cardinals manager a "legendary figure"

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Missouri News Horizon
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo
. – Taking a break from the favorite capitol city sport of politics, state leaders took a chance to comment on the sudden retirement of St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa just days after he led the team to its 11th World Series Championship.

Gov. Jay Nixon said La Russa was already an institution in Missouri sports before leading his team in a dramatic comeback late in the season.

“In the baseball world and in Missouri, Tony La Russa was already a legendary figure before last week’s World Series championship,” the governor said. “But after leading the Cardinals on one of the most outstanding runs in baseball history, Tony La Russa retires as an icon.  He’s truly irreplaceable.”

Nixon also has La Russa to thank for helping him win a bet against Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Because his state’s team lost the World Series, the Texas governor and presidential candidate will be sending Nixon some authentic Texas Barbecue from the famous Salt Lick restaurant in Austin.