Originally Posted by redsmetz
Regarding your second point, you can't make the "home field" rule anymore idiotic than it is.
But, as the article notes, it's not without precedent, not to mention from the very first game. Do you really think that LaRussa's going to be half-hearted in his managing? I don't think it's really in his DNA. And, as it should be, it's an honorific, plain & simple. Bigger fish to fry, idiotic "home field" rule notwithstanding.
I think part of it is to give LaRussa an official retirement from baseball. He announced his retirement the day after the parade and took everyone by surprise. It wasn't like Bobby Cox in which everyone knew he was retiring and got his last swan song in all the visiting ball parks he went to. There is some talk that he is going to be bringing Duncan back. It will be nice to see those two reunited one last time. LaRussa gave up 30+ years of his life to the game and should be given this one last opportunity, whether you like him or not.
Plus managing this game has always been the privaledge of the two champions of the respected league. If the Cardinals influence MLB to allow LaRussa manage the game, who is the league to deny them that opportunity. The Cards and Rangers earned the chance to manage that game.
Also, this game is going to be in KC. It only makes sense to have him manage this game considering it's across the state from the ballclub he managed for 16+ years. There will be a lot of Cards fans at this year's All Star Game.