Monday morning (Oct. 31), Tony La Russa announced his retirement from Major League Baseball, three days after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to their 11th World Series title in franchise history. He stops by “The Late Show With David Letterman” to talk about his decision.

“You know, 33 years of doing it, it’s time to give somebody else a shot
at that great St. Louis job. And, you know, it got to where I was
getting – I was taking things personal.  We had a strategy that I took a
little personally,” says La Russa. “And the players said, ‘Just get so far ahead that
you couldn’t screw it up.’ And, you know, it worked, but that’s not
really the place I should be.”

“I actually got a job offer this afternoon, I swear … I did, I swear.  My
wife and I, we started a foundation about companion animal rescue, but
there’s a group called Performing Animal Welfare Society just outside of
Sacramento … and they offered me a job as an elephant keeper. I told
them I’ll interview, I’m all for it,” La Russa laughs.

The full interview can be seen on “Letterman” Monday night at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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