Found October 26, 2013 on Fox Sports Midwest:
ST. LOUIS (AP) Tony La Russa was always protective of his players, so it comes as no surprise that the former St. Louis Cardinals manager swims against the current when it comes to Albert Pujols. It's been two years since the three-time NL MVP played his last game in St. Louis, sprayed some champagne, boarded a parade vehicle, waved to adoring fans lining the streets and then left town. The Cardinals have done plenty of celebrating without Pujols. It's probably the biggest reason his potent bat and larger-than-life presence have been largely forgotten in St. Louis. But La Russa, who retired after the 2011 championship season and lives in California, said Pujols' accomplishments always come up whenever he's in town. "He's talked about in heroic terms, he's honored," La Russa said in an interview with The Associated Press. "They don't have Albert, they don't have Big Mac, either, but that doesn't mean they don't recognize what...
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