On this day three years ago Cardinals manager Tony La Russa manages his 2,000th game -- a lopsided loss to the Pirates -- to pass Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst with the most games managed in club history.
He didn't get much of a chance to pull any managerial strings, however. Mike Parisi started the game and gave up eight runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched. Kelvin Jiminez followed with five more runs allowed in 3 1/3 innings.
Prior to the start of Tuesday's game against the Giants, La Russa has managed 2,483 games with the Cardinals. He's skippered 4,989 including his time with the White Sox, Athletics and Redbirds, winning 2,670 of them.
Only Connie Mack, who piloted 7,755 major league games from 1894-96 and 1899-1950, has managed more games than La Russa. And it's pretty hard to have the job security to hang on that long... Unless, like Mack, you happen to own the team.