La Russa: Freese ‘shined the brightest’

La Russa: Freese ‘shined the brightest’

Credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 27: David Freese #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a walk off solo home run in the 11th inning to win Game Six of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 27, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals won 10-9. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on July 5, 2012 at 8:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 5 at 8:48 PM

ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – It isn’t about making it to his first All-Star Game for David Freese as much as it is about another guy who will be there.

"For me, it's not about going to the All-Star Game," Freese told MLB.com’s Mark Newman. "It's about playing for Tony La Russa one more time."

The main reason La Russa is coaching the NL All-Star squad is because of Freese’s clutch hitting in last year’s World Series – and he knows it.

On Thursday, La Russa (@TonyLaRussa) tweeted “To manage in WS and ‪#ASG‬ it's because of a team full of stars. @dfreese23 shined the brightest.”

Freese will now get the chance to shine bright alongside fellow teammates Yadier Molina, Rafael Furcal and Lance Lynn during next week’s All-Star Game in Kansas City.

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