ST. LOUIS An impressive list of baseball royalty was at Busch Stadium Friday night for the number retirement ceremony for future Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa.
Members of La Russa's past from his days in Chicago, Oakland and St. Louis sat behind him near home plate as his No. 10 was added to the illustrious list of Cardinals greats in a touching pregame ceremony.
Here's what some of the attendees had to say about their former manager, colleague and friend:
Former Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein:
"He was an intense, compassionate winner. Tony demanded that you were committed to winning. If a player didn't show up every day, they might have a problem, but if you were committed to winning every single day, Tony was the guy for you.
"The biggest thing is the intensity, but also as everyone knows, Tony really thinks up the game and what he does for a player, he tries to put them in the best situation to be successful. Where he differentiates from other managers. He managed t...