In his 1st game tonite as Card skipper he has penciled in the worst hitter, worst OB% player on the team to leadoff....Furcal. A classic LaRussa gaffe: doing the exact opposite of what common sense dictates.

So Cards fans that lament the exit of TLR, fear not! A clone just may have stepped in his shoes.

Oh yes, and for those that lament Pujol too, let's see what Beltran can do. On opening day last year, Albert GIDP three times, setting a record.

Game time 6pm eastern, ESPN

Let the baseball season begin!