Baltimore Orioles Nate McLouth (from left), J.J. Hardy, Robert Andino and Manny Machado high-five teammates after Game 2 of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series against the New York Yankees. Somewhere, commentator and Orioles fan Frank Deford is also giving high-fives.
My first protocol on rooting in sports is that you should stick with the teams that you grew up with. I know we're a transient society, but that's just it: Continuing to cheer for your original hometown teams is one way of displaying the old-fashioned value of allegiance.
If you grew up in Cleveland, say, and moved somewhere Sun Belt-ish, I know how hard it is, but the measure of whether you are a good person is that you must remain loyal to the Browns and Indians and that team that LeBron James left behind.
Tony La Russa won two World Series championships as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and another with the Oakland Athletics. He won four Manager of the Year Awards and has the third highest win total in Major League Baseball history. Host Don Marsh talks with La Russa about his career, the current season, and his new memoir, “One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season.”
A home opener against the Cincinnati Reds, a record number of interleague games, and the first showdown with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim since they lured away Albert Pujols are among the highlights of the 2013 St. Louis Cardinals schedule, released today by Major League Baseball.
The season opens April 1 with a game against Arizona. The home opener is a week later.