^ I guess we're gonna find out how good a manager Girardi really is (or isn't).
I mean, even when half a Cardinals team was on the DL, LaRussa had them in first place, or pretty close, most of the time. Irritating SOB, LaRussa, but a hella manager.
The role of a manager is generally highly overrated, at least as far as it comes to wins and losses. La Russa's teams were generally competitive because of A) solid drafting and free agency signings, and especially in the case of the Cardinals, B) playing in a division that was and is weak as shit
He also had this Albert Pujols for a long time.