"I have 50 years of teaching and developed credibility and trust," La Russa said. "If I left after the season we had, I couldn't live with that the rest of my life."
"This is the year of the pitcher, and I don't think we're hurting," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "We had to make some tough choices to pick five starters and he hasn't been out there very long. I don't know how much consideration he's going to get."