Tony LaRussa On Dominance Of The A’s, His .199 Batting Average, ARF
Interview with Tony LaRussaTony Larussa is 3 times world champion (1989, 2006, 2011) and 4 times manager of the year (1983, 1988, 1992, 2002).I spoke to the new Chicago White Sox manager about the dominance of his Oakland Athletics teams, his video game Baseball Tony La Russa, and his career batting average of .199. Not […]

Interview with Tony La Russa
Interview with Tony LaRussa

Tony Larussa is 3 times world champion (1989, 2006, 2011) and 4 times manager of the year (1983, 1988, 1992, 2002).

I spoke to the new Chicago White Sox manager about the dominance of his Oakland Athletics teams, his video game Baseball Tony La Russa, and his career batting average of .199. Not only is he director of the Hall of Fame, but he's also the founder of ARF, the Animal Rescue Foundation.

Watch the video of Tony LaRussa's interview here:

Paul Eide: You moved to Oakland in the latter part of the 80s and early 90s and this team was just an absolute machine. And me, being 10 and 11 at the time, it was so cohesive and so dominant - like a machine. I mean you had the Bash Brothers, but this whole team was tough. You have Dave Stewart on the mound, you have Carney Lansford; even Mike Gallego and Walt Weiss were tough. It seemed like everyone knew what they were doing at all times. How would you describe this level of cohesion?

Tony LaRussa: Well, that part of cohesion was something that we developed in Chicago and later in St. Louis. For me, it's a mindset that you put in place where your team is your is your family a bit. Like the military.

You know it is a brotherhood, we all do our best but we work together and you know this is what binds you together forever. These relationships exist to this day, it turned out in Oakland and later in St. Louis, you know we had talent there. Every now and then they would just come over and say 'hey, just tell us what time the game starts, who's playing, and get out of the way'.

Paul Eide: That's what it looked like and it looked like too! I have to ask about Baseball Tony LaRussa video game. A standard video game for me as a child. It has become even more relevant now with sabermetry. What do you know about the production of this video game?

Tony LaRussa: I remember coming to Oakland and we started to be successful. And a gentleman named Don Daglow, who lives in the Bay Area, approached me. It was, I think, part of one of the first baseball computer video games; he worked with Earl Weaver on Baseball Earl Weaver then he had moved to the bay area.

He contacted us and knew we were really in the works and just talked about baseball. And he created this game that I guess you know I've been running for three or four, five years. And several years it was like, you know, the sports game of the year or something. So it was Don Daglow who inspired this game. But I knew we had a basis for the game, you know a pitching coach like Dave Duncan, one example was amazing how cutting edge he was.

Paul Eide: You mentioned preparation on several occasions and it was noted that you have a close friendship with Bill Belichick the Patriots the head coach. He is a big supporter of the preparation, which is covered extensively in the book The education of a coach. What characteristic do you have in common? And, can talk about the need for preparation?

Tony LaRussa: Well, it's hard to say a thing. What we talk about a lot is creating this family where each person's responsibility to the team is to be held accountable, but you also have to have this mindset where you treat every training as preparation for the game. . And you mean quality rehearsals.

You are building your competitiveness from scratch. You know that by doing the basics correctly, you will be playing the game to a higher level. And then you just understand that it's a game against another team, that there is a score and that you are supposed to do your best to win the game.

If you win yourself, you celebrate. If you lose, you tip your cap. But one of the interesting things about what we're talking about, while we're here, Bill has been a great friend since we've been friends probably for 10 years now. He has always supported our efforts with ARF. He participated in our Animals and Vets campaign.

Four legs, a wagging tail, specialist training and lots of heart are the recipe for turning a rescue dog in need of a home into a service dog helping veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Recent studies reveal that veterans with service dogs report lower levels of depression and anxiety, among other benefits.

And I actually told Bill about this service dog named Lucas, who he spent time with, he participated in our companion animal and vet program. So I'm sure he already has watched the Purina video about ARF program. He asked me how to help and I said, “Hey, just go to the Purina.com dog food slash service and he said how much he appreciated it. He said how many times he was going to share it. Now, if he gets that word out, with a popular, the Patriots will hopefully raise a lot of money and provide these service members with the help they need.

Paul Eide: Last question, this one about your playing career. Are you upset that your career batting average is .199 and not .200?

Tony LaRussa: Yeah man! When you call it the Mendoza line, I was closer to the “LaRussa line,” just a shadow under .200. So if I had one more shot I would be right at the Mendoza line. But seriously, realizing how bad I was as a player, I was lucky to get closer to .200.

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I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to betting.

You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the expert, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen !

These are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences.

When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but of course the reward is far greater. As a new bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick.

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Double Chance – A Double Chance bet is one where you pick a winner and if they win OR it is a draw, you win the bet. If the team you pick loses then you lose the bet. Like DNB the odds are generally lower but it is a safer bet as a result. Bankroll – how much money you have to bet with. We’ve written more about what the bankroll is. HandicapsHandicaps are something that confused the heck out of me for the longest time, so I want to spend a while looking at them in detail. This is such a common question that I have written up a guide to the Asian and European handicapping. Want to learn how to be an expert football bettor for free ? JOIN OUR EMAIL COURSEAccumulators Vs SinglesThese are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences. 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The main advice here is to find what it right for you. Just because some people swear by accumulators and others swear by singles doesn’t mean you should listen to the loudest voice. Do some research, maybe put some small stakes on a few different ways and see what felt good and what had a good return on your investment.

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Half Time/Full Time – This type of bet is split into two, when you predict the winner of the first half then of the entire game. So you could predict a draw at half time but for the home team to win by full time. Banker – This is basically the closet thing to a certainty as you can get, the tipster is very sure that the bet will land if they consider it a banker. For example we give banker tips to our members. Scorecast – This is when you bet on a player to score the first goal along with predicting the convenable score. Wincast – Very similar to a scorecast but you bet on a player to score and then predict the winner of the game. Minute Betting – This is mentioned a lot when people bet on individual players ( maybe as goal scorers ) normally if the player doesn’t make an appearance the bet is called off, but if the player appears during the normal minutes of the game they are eligible for the bet. 24 Hour Rule – Most betting websites have a rule like this where if a match is postponed the bet only becomes void if the match doesn’t get played within a 24 hour period. So for example if a match was just put back 2 hours the bet would still stand. Over/Under – Overs and Unders are when you bet on the amount of goals being scored, normally it will be over or under an amount, for example over 2. 5 means if there are 3 or more goals. Under 2. 5 would be 0, 1, or 2 goals being scored. DNB – This stands for Draw No Bet. What this means is if the score is a draw you get your money back for your bet. This can be seen as a safer option but you should understand that the odds are usually lower when this is selected. Double Chance – A Double Chance bet is one where you pick a winner and if they win OR it is a draw, you win the bet. If the team you pick loses then you lose the bet. Like DNB the odds are generally lower but it is a safer bet as a result. Bankroll – how much money you have to bet with. We’ve written more about what the bankroll is. HandicapsHandicaps are something that confused the heck out of me for the longest time, so I want to spend a while looking at them in detail. This is such a common question that I have written up a guide to the Asian and European handicapping. Want to learn how to be an spécialiste bettor for free ? JOIN OUR EMAIL COURSEAccumulators Vs SinglesThese are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences. When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but bien sûr the reward is far greater. As a new bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick. Singles on the other hand are not effected by other bets. So if I place £10 on three different matches as singles and 2 of them come in, then I make money on those two bets. The odds aren’t as good if I was to role up all my bets into an accumulator, but the odds of me walking away with some money are much higher. The main advice here is to find what it right for you. Just because some people swear by accumulators and others swear by singles doesn’t mean you should listen to the loudest voice. Do some research, maybe put some small stakes on a few different ways and see what felt good and what had a good return on your investment. 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There are two things I have caught myself doing related to being greedy, the first is adding extra teams into an accumulator just because it will bump up my maximum payout. This is almost always a terrible idea ! The deuxième thing I have done is bet more money on a team than I initially was going to. You should have a plan for how much you are going to bet and stick to it.

You are not going to win every bet, if you want to become successful at betting on you need to be patient and pick the right bets for you. Never bet more than you can afford to loseBefore I place a bet I always think about the money I am going to be placing on it and think, if I were to lose this money right now would I be OK with that. If the answer is no I won’t place the bet.

They are too unpredictable, you don’t know how much effort the respective teams are putting in and reserve players may get an outing that you weren’t counting on. If the friendlies are before the start of a new season ( they often are ) players will be very aware to not pick up any injuries so might not play as as they normally do.

What I mean by this is that two teams can look a certain way on paper, but if one of those teams has already won the league and the other is fighting to stay in the league there is a very good chance that the team good on paper will be on auto pilot whilst the team playing to stay out of relegation is going to be fighting for their life !

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