Since retiring from managing the St. Louis Cardinals following their 2011 World Championship, Tony La Russa hasn’t been reclining in an easy chair or tending a vegetable garden.
Among his many activities included working with one of the losing bidders for the Los Angeles Dodgers, assisting friend Jim Leyland with the Tigers during spring training and accepting a role in the MLB Commissioner’s Office. La Russa has been playing in charity golf tournaments and of course, his number 10 was retired by the Cardinals in a ceremony earlier this month.
In addition, the 67-year-old has traveled across the country delivering World Series rings to now ex-Cardinals who were members of his 2011 club. Most recently, he delivered Nick Punto’s ring when the Boston Red Sox visited Philadelphia.
Speaking of Philly, as the Cards were preparing to welcome the Phillies to Busch Stadium for the recently-concluded four-game series, La Russa was on the road again. He wasn’t in St. Louis, however.
La Russa was quite off the beaten path, specifically in Bismarck, North Dakota.
The future Hall of Famer was only the second the biggest thing to hit North Dakota in recent times, however. The recent oil boom remains the big story and apparently TLR wants in on the action.
He was there to attend the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference, tour an active oil well and visit a drilling site.
According to a report in The Jamestown Sun, La Russa had recently been speaking with Continental Resources CEO Harold Hamm about North Dakota oil development and wanted to learn more.
The quote from the ex-manager and long-time animal advocate sounded excited enough, in fact almost too much so. Over the years with La Russa, one could question his sincerity at times with the media. Perhaps not in this case, though.
“I can’t wait,” La Russa told the paper. “I’m just fascinated by it.”
I guess we’ll have to watch to see where this new endeavor takes the skipper, who has also dabbled in movie producing in conjunction with friends and actors Kevin Pollak and Billy Bob Thornton.
“Three Nights in August” is one of Redbird Cinema’s pending projects. Though a screenplay was developed by Thornton and writer Buzz Bissinger, it isn’t clear how the 2010 falling out between the book’s author and the ex-manager might affect this project.
Still, with all this extra time on his hands, could La Russa one day play himself on the big screen? His possibilities in “retirement” seem endless.