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Tony La Russa, the weather and Theo Epstein

Greetings from St. Louis once more. We'll end the baseball season here, although we're not exactly sure when. The weather looks quite shaky tonight.

The good news for the Cardinals is, if Game 6 gets postponed, that gives us another day to discuss Tony La Russa and bullpen phones.

David Lennon covered yesterday's Busch Stadium workout for us, and it sounds like La Russa did everything he could to shoulder the blame, deal with the expected day-after questions and try to move on.

Oh, except he added that Albert Pujols called his own hit-and-run in the seventh inning. Nutty. I can't say I've ever heard of a player making his own call on that. I guess if that shows anything, it's that Pujols doesn't have a future as a manager.

And speaking of Pujols, Ron Washington says he'll keep intentionally walking him, as he did three times in Game 5, whenever possible. That's proven a good strategy because, while Lance Berkman and Matt Holliday are getting on base behind Pujols, they aren't hitting with any power.

Now, at this point, you're undoubtedly wondering, "Hey, Ken, were you at Busch yesterday? What's the deal? Did you take the day off so that you could learn more about the childhood of Scott Bakula?"

Nah. I made a pit stop in Chicago. I thought covering Theo Epstein's introduction as Cubs president of baseball operations would be a worthwhile assignment. And it was. Epstein really shines in a setting like that, with his quick wit and his strong communication skills.

Will Epstein get the Cubs their long-desired World Series title? Who knows? But I think he'll certainly make them a stronger organization.

--I asked Epstein a few questions specifically about the Yankees and Brian Cashman, and not surprisingly, Epstein had nice things to say.

It was my first-ever visit inside Wrigley Field, the one ballpark to which I have not been. On October 5, 1990, two college buddies and I stood outside Wrigley, but that didn't count.

This doesn't count, either; I still need to see a game there. But when I told Cubs director of media relations Peter Chase that this was my first time at the Friendly Confines - the news conference was held at a club area - he escorted me past security into the stands, so I could see the field.

Pretty awesome. Just as great as it looks on TV. And, as Arnold Schwarzenegger said in many of his films, "I'll be back."

To Wrigley, that is. To the blog today? We'll see what the day brings us.

--UPDATE, 8:31 a.m. Central time: I would be remiss not to include Anthony Rieber's report from Boston, where he covered Ben Cherington's introduction as the new Boston GM. Sounds like Cherington said the right things, but the Sox need a peaceful spring training and decent start before they'll seem grounded again.

Tags: Tony La Russa , Albert Pujols , Ron Washington , Theo Epstein

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