"It's the competition," said La Russa, who signed a multiyear deal. "This morning, for the first time, boy, I felt the guts starting to churn. You realize this is going to happen and you are back in the competitive action. That's all I've known for 50 years. I wanted to get back in the action. I never have missed the managing. I've missed the winning and losing. My heart is pure and my intentions are great. I'll do the best I can.
- Tony La Russa on coming back into baseball
The 18 runs set a new franchise single-game record, topping the previous mark of 17 set in 2002, and the Diamondbacks' 13 extra-base hits surpassed the earlier high of 12 set in 1999. Arizona's 21 hits fell one shy of another club record set in last year's 18-inning marathon against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The D-backs' offense cranked out franchise records in hits (21), extra-base hits (13) and runs with an 18-7 victory over the Dodgers on Saturday night at Chase Field.
A closer look at the D'backs win by the numbers.
When Tony La Russa was a young manager, he made it a point to befriend, among others, Sparky Anderson and Earl Weaver. He did this partly out of respect. He wanted them to know that he appreciated their accomplishments and understood their stature in the game. La Russa had another motive as well. He wanted to pick their brains and attempt to understand why they'd been so successful. Through the years, he peppered them with questions about almost everything, from strategy to dealing with umpires to relationships with players.
The Arizona Diamondbacks made major news Saturday morning hiring Tony La Russa, a long-time manager from 1979-2011, as the organization's first Chief Baseball Officer. As the team's CBO, La Russa will oversee the D-backs' baseball operations, reporting directly to team president and CEO Derrick Hall. Here's a look back at La Russa's MLB resume -- both as a player and coach -- by the numbers
Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo had an x-ray on his left foot Friday, and said the stress fracture that has sidelined him for nearly four weeks has shown "significant healing."
Half an hour after the Diamondbacks introduced Tony La Russa as their first chief baseball officer Saturday afternoon, president and CEO Derrick Hall summed up a season's worth of frustration in five words. "Something had to be done," Hall said.
Despite the struggles with the Dodgers, the two teams have plenty of hate for each other.