(WSCR) Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa loves cats, this much is true.
The three-time World Series champion even started his own organization to help lost animals, especially cats, called the La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation.
But that’s not the best part. Right now, La Russa legitimately has 17 cats living in his home.
La Russa said there were 17 cats at the moment at his home in the Bay Area, all of them rescued. Now let’s be clear: Only a handful were permanent members of the La Russa clan. The rest were foster cats, ones the La Russas were caring for temporarily until they could be placed in homes. Still, La Russa could name them, even the newcomers. It took a couple of minutes, a few pauses, but he ticked them off, one by one, as if running down a lineup card.
“Skye, Pearl, Slash—named after a rock ‘n’ roll guitarist—Sophia, Maggie, Jack—my daughter found him in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box—Stella, Sierra, Kachina, Lakota, Fergus, Dexter—he’s very precocious—Misha, Cammie, Eddie, Patchy, Pawnee,” La Russa said.