Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 7/11/12
The bustle of the All-Star Game thrummed in the visitors clubhouse a few hours before the first pitch, music blaring with bustling reporters and star ballplayers with big names and huge talent talking and chatting and joking in one small, electric space. Luggage and equipment were wheeled briskly into the room, VIPs whipped out, the crowd hummed as it filled the seats above the bowels of the stadium, and a sense of the hype-machine-in-overdrive that is the All-Star Game kept building and building. It was loud, exciting, a place full of people drunk on the joy of a game that in the end was more showcase than crucial competition. But just a few feet away, through the door, where the noise stopped and a solemnity started, sat Tony La Russa -- a man to whom this All-Star Game might have offered more meaning than any other person in attendance. After all, it was this city that kicked off the retired manager's now-bright career -- one that ended in glory with last season's World Series...
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