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Catching up on La Russa’s and Freese’s television appearances

One week ago, I was on my way to Phoenix for my annual Arizona Fall League trip and as such, I missed the late night television appearances last Monday of retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and third baseman David Freese. Since I had to go back and find them to view them, I thought I would share them with others, too. Sorry if the subject is old news to many.

Tony La Russa taped his spot on The Late Show with David Letterman in Manhattan on the afternoon of his retirement announcement, made in St. Louis that morning.

I found La Russa’s comment about taking things “a little personally” most interesting. A second clip follows as La Russa discusses the changing role of the bullpen.

World Series Most Valuable Player David Freese traveled west to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. This interview is also in two parts.

Freese also made a guest appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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In case you missed the Country Music Awards on Wednesday evening, November 9, Freese was a co-presenter with ESPN’s Erin Andrews.

Coming soon: Entertainment Weekly reports that Freese will be a guest star on an episode of ABC’s new sitcom Work It, playing himself.

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7 Responses to “Catching up on La Russa’s and Freese’s television appearances”

  1. JumboShrimp says:

    Tony LaRussa and Albert, Einstein that is, a couple of Super Geniuses of modern times.

    There is no off switch on Genius. TLR is always on.

  2. friendmouse says:

    Not a fan of Ellen, but David is one class act. T

    Thanks for posting these, Brian…until now I’d just seen a couple of “snippets.”

  3. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    http://thecardinalnationblog.com/2010/11/01/new-rasmania-over-for-sale-signs-unwarranted/

    I went back a year just to see what came to pass here. Fascinating ………… read this thread and see what entertainment is all about. Nice times………. I’m going to start reading the threads from there on……………… The polite “cigars and cherry” interview in Cincinnati for Francona was nice………give some thought to why someone thought this necessary……though completely irrelevant ……….

    I watched the game six replay this afternoon……….. amazing……… Garcia give up a walk and 2 singles……..and theres Tony sending Westbrooke down the steps to the locker-room…into the tunnel…and the jog underneath a roaring stadium to the pen……… didn’t surface till the 11th but did a great job……….Tony had no intention of using Jackson or Lohse long………curious…….

    Great moments by Salas, enduring those errors under that pressure to minimize damage….heroic…

    Alan Craig is turned loose as Holiday disappears……… lets out a little bat…..jogs the bases…goes down into the dugout and as he tends to his equipment…..looks down toward Tony’s workplace…blood trickling from the corners of his mouth after the kill……..a player is born…a hunter comes of age………if he doesn’t freeze on that hanging slider in the 9th…..could have been his Corvette ……..

    I’m so happy for these upcoming changes………… I’m actually looking forward to the reformed team…… watch Holiday bloom……and Berkman……lord over his flock…..

    Even the very dull can see how much planning has went into these changes……..and when said planning started……….. DD flew down to Houston to be with Tony at the end……..do you know why he stayed………… ???? thats a story for 2013………… the Colby story also should be coming into focus for some…………

  4. JumboShrimp says:

    How about David Freese? He sounds good on TV.
    Going into 2011, I had doubts Freese would get past his injury riddled 2009-10. He had what sounded like a serious injury in August 2010.
    And he suffered a broken bone this year, after getting hit by a pitch.
    But thankfully Freese’s vulnerable feet held up during 2011.
    If he were to stay healthy in 2012, he could enjoy a big season. Lets hope.

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