"I'm ready to do something different."
- TONY LA RUSSAmanager of the St. Louis Cardinals, announcing that he will retire; his team won the World Series on Oct. 28
"History's great and all, but I don't think it has much bearing on what's going to happen. You can ask the '04 Yankees about that."
- LANCE BERKMANright fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, citing the 2004 baseball playoffs where the New York Yankees blew a 3-0 ALCS lead to the Boston Red Sox; the World Series returns to St. Louis with the Cardinals trailing the Texas Rangers 3 games to 2
"I just call it playing baseball; that's what I do. I'm not as dumb, either, as people think I am."
- RON WASHINGTONmanager of the Texas Rangers, on his unorthodox decisionmaking style; Texas beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 4-2, in Game 5 of the World Series on Monday, leaving it one win away from the title
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