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La Russa is using expletives to describe enthusiasm for 2016

By Christopher Gaine
Dec 11, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa following a press conference at Chase Field . Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa following a press conference at Chase Field . Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Count Tony La Russa in the category of people ready for baseball season.
The Diamondbacks’ Chief Baseball Officer spoke to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic on Monday about the upcoming season. The answers he gave were pretty telling about the state he sees the Diamondbacks.

La Russa’s answer does include a bad word, so turn your heads away kiddies.

“It’s exactly the same challenge as Chicago, Oakland and St. Louis,” La Russa said. “I’m all fired up to see if we’re good enough to win enough games to contend, first, good enough to get into October, good enough to get into that final tournament, which is so exciting. You can’t fake this s**t. I’m fired up.”

This is glowing praise from one of the greatest managers in the sport’s history. La Russa, who’s 2,728 wins rank third all time, has managed in six World Series over four different decades. This is someone who knows a thing or two about winning. The fact that he is using expletives to show how excited he is is good news for Diamondbacks fans. Of course, he has to say he’s excited because he’s the team’s Chief Baseball Officer. But he is not obligated to offer an enthusiastic response to a question like this, so this conveys that La Russa is sincerely optimistic about 2016.

“My agenda is exactly what it’s been forever. I’m not just messing around trying to have some fun. I’m totally into seeing how good we can be, LaRussa said. “I’m excited to be a part of this and see if we’re good enough.”

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