It's rare to see Tony La Russa overburdened. But there he was one recent morning in Walnut Creek, Calif., trying to make it from his SUV to the front door of the Animal Rescue Foundation without dropping a stack of papers and boxes tucked under his chin.
When an acquaintance happened along to relieve him of one of the boxes, La Russa, feigning infirmity, handed him the second as well.
"I'm a retiree," he cracked.
It's difficult to believe La Russa has left the dugout. Even more difficult to believe is the manner in which he spent the final 10 weeks of his 32-year managerial career.