Now...not so much.
Turns out he’s decided to go out on top.
The four-time Manager of the Year announced his retirement during a Monday press conference just 35 wins away from passing John McGraw for second place on the all-time list behind Connie Mack.
And as the news is circulating around the internet...Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay was the first of LaRussa's former minions to hit up the Twitters.
Congrats to Coach LaRussa on a Hall of Fame career, I am honored to have learned so much from a legend. All the best to the LaRussa family!
La Russa, 67, goes out a champion after leading the Cardinals to their second World Series championship in six years. The akipper also won the 1989 World Series with the Oakland A's.
My pick to replace LaRussa? Kyle Lohse...as Tony LaRussa.