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Players to be honored, La Russa to be irritated at dinner

Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols and starting pitcher Adam Wainwright will be share the honor of being named St. Louis Baseball Man of the Year at the Baseball Writers Association of America dinner next month.

The pair split the vote of local baseball writers to tie for the team's top individual honor.

Also being recognized at the dinner is Matt Holliday who apparently made quite an impression on his teammates. After only a season and a couple of months as a Redbird, Holliday was voted the winner of the Darryl Kile Award, named after the highly respected late Cardinals pitcher for the St. Louis player who best represents the qualities of a good teammate.

The theme of the writer's dinner this year is a roast of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, which promises to be interesting because the skipper usually takes a few no so subtle swipes at the press at the event. In the more confrontational format of a roast, I imagine it could get a little bit uncomfortable... Especially since one of the guests is former Cardinals reliever Steve Kline who infamously made an obscene gesture to La Russa from the bullpen when the manager decided not to bring him into a game.

Tickets for the dinner, which will be held Jan. 16 at the Millennium Hotel in downtown St. Louis, are still available. They cost $150 per person and include a pass to the Winter Warm-Up the same weekend. For a ticket, write to the ST. Louis BBWAA at PO box 605, St. Louis MO 63188.