PHOENIX -- Baseball icon Tony LaRussa went out on top at the end of 2011, after his Cardinals won the World Series. LaRussa won three world championships as a manager during his 33 seasons as a big league skipper.
LaRussa is now a special assistant to the commissioner. And he stopped by Good Morning Arizona Tuesday to talk to Scott Pasmore about this weekend's World Baseball Classic.
"This is our third edition of it," LaRussa says. "Each time we've done it, more and more national pride has come into it."
The Classic is filled with baseball talent from all over the world. "There are 12 teams left in the tournament. 43 All-Stars are spread around those teams. So it's going to be more competitive,"
We asked LaRussa what he thinks has brought him so much success in his careerl over the years. "I was never in a bad situation. Never a really bad owner," he says. "A really good front office. They get you players. Really good development scouting. And those are the organizations that win."
LaRussa says he also benefited from strong mentoring over the years. "Some of the great guys taught me stuff," he says. "Years later, I realized how fortunate I was to learn those lessons."
The games start this Thursday and wrap up on Sunday. Games will be played at the Salt River Fields and downtown at Chase Field.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online.