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Tony La Russa offers insight into the Cardinals

Stripping away the beards and the worst-to-first redemption, Tony La Russa sees in the Red Sox an American League champion that is a mirror image of the Cardinals in many ways.

La Russa, who capped his 16-year stretch as St. Louis manager with the 2011 World Series title, appreciates the way both clubs never quit, the way “everybody gets into the competition,” and the way “nothing is nonchalant,” whether it’s in the field or in the batter’s box.

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