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La Russa finally admits to beaning Braun

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La Russa finally admits to beaning Braun

CREATED Jan 18, 2012

The incident may have happened in August, but retired former St Louis Cardinals Manager, Tony La Russa, has finally admitted that he ordered the hit on Ryan Braun in one of the more memorable games of the Milwaukee Brewers season 2011 season.

La Russa addressed fans and media at the Cardinals annual "Winter Warm-up" event on Friday, January 13th at the Peabody Opera House.

Below is an excerpt from the article written by Joe Strauss for StlToday.com.

The future Hall of Fame manager explained his rationale for ordering retaliation when his players were hit by pitches and confessed to calling on Jason Motte to drill Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun after Pujols had been hit with a high, inside pitch during the teams' Aug. 3 game at Miller Park. La Russa later engaged a Milwaukee radio reporter in a contentious exchange about the incident but Friday called it his "responsibility" to respond.

"It's one of the most difficult things you do as a manager," said La Russa, stopping himself before citing the season's second instance when he ordered a hit.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

You can relive the contentious exchange between La Russa and I by clicking here.

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