La Russa's Mistakes Cost Cards Game 5

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Ron Washington might have become the first manager in World Series history to walk into a news conference before a game and state, "I'm not as dumb, either, as people think I am." It was classic Wash: self-deferential and funny, but just the same fiercely proud of his baseball acumen.

"I don't call it unorthodox," he said of his style, "I just call it taking it to you."

By the end of the night, Washington, a free-wheeling spirit with enormous trust in his players, had become not just the first manager in World Series history to intentionally put four runners on base and still win the game, but also the guy who left future Hall of Fame manage Tony La Russa awkwardly trying to wipe egg off his face after as sloppy a game you ever will see...

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