La Russa, 67, has managed the Cardinals for 16 seasons, leading them to three National League pennants (2004, 2006, 2011) and a World Series Championship in 2006. His Cardinals are now tied three games to three with the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series after an epic Game 6 comeback.
The 33rd-year manager has accomplished everything a manager could wish. He has won multiple pennants (six) in both leagues while taking National League and American Manager of the Year honors (four-time winner) too.
He has the third-most wins as a manager (2,728), trailing only legends Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763). He also has four 100-plus-win seasons.
La Russa has a mutual option with the Cardinals after this season.
There are three things he could do with that option.
He would use the option if the Cardinals lose because he would want to have another shot of winning it all with that loaded team.
He might retire after tonight, because he has accomplished everything he set out to in his career.
Or, he might decide to go to another team.
Especially if La Russa wins it all tonight, what else does he have to accomplish in baseball? He is already considered one of the greatest managers ever, but what can he do to push for being the greatest?
If La Russa is up for the challenge, he might give Cubs' general manager Theo Epstein a call and inquire about being Chicago's skipper.
He has vast National League and NL Central experience. He could also help shortstop Starlin Castro develop into a star because he helped develop Albert Pujols.
La Russa would also be the best candidate out there if he makes himself available.
He has more success than Terry Francona and way more experience than Ryan Sandberg, Davey Martinez and Sandy Alomar Jr.
La Russa's legacy would also lose nothing if he did not bring the Cubs a World Series championship. However, his legacy as the greatest manager ever would be cemented if he ends Chicago's 103-year championship drought.
It will be interesting to see if the Cardinals or Rangers win it all tonight. It will be more interesting to see if Epstein could possibly woo La Russa to the Cubs.