Tony La Russa on 'Letterman': 'I actually got a job offer this afternoon'

Monday morning (Oct. 31), Tony La Russa announced his retirement from Major League Baseball, three days after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to their 11th World Series title in franchise history. He stops by "The Late Show With David Letterman" to talk about his decision.

"You know, 33 years of doing it, it's time to give somebody else a shot at that great St. Louis job. And, you know, it got to where I was getting - I was taking things personal.  We had a strategy that I took a little personally," says La Russa. "And the players said, 'Just get so far ahead that you couldn't screw it up.' And, you know, it worked, but that's not really the place I should be."

"I actually got a job offer this afternoon, I swear ... I did, I swear.  My wife and I, we started a foundation about companion animal rescue, but there's a group called Performing Animal Welfare Society just outside of Sacramento ... and they offered me a job as an elephant keeper. I told them I'll interview, I'm all for it," La Russa laughs.

The full interview can be seen on "Letterman" Monday night at 11:35 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.
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