Tony La Russa is in Tigers camp, spending his first spring training as a retiree by hanging out with his buddy Jim Leyland.
He’s doing so in a non-official capacity, but as Tom Gage of the Detroit News notes La Russa still has some pretty big plans:
Tony LaRussa in Tigers camp. Said his two goals are to get Leyland “to eat tofu and stop smoking.”
To which Leyland replied:
Leyland about LaRussa’s tofu and smoking jab: “I didn’t start smoking until I coached for him.”
I’m among the people excited about Showtime choosing the Ozzie Guillen-led Marlins as their subject for this season’s “The Franchise” series, but everyone else is missing an opportunity for documentary gold by not following La Russa and Leyland around 24-7.
Imagine all the shots of La Russa poking his head into a room and saying, “Jimmy, are you smoking in here?!” as Leyland frantically puts out his three simultaneously-lit cigarettes and tries to wave the smoke away. And then imagine the two of them sitting down for a lovely tofu dinner at which Leyland requests a table in the smoking section, gets a dirty look from La Russa, and uneasily laughs while saying, “Hey, just kidding, right?”