A couple of different rumors have swirled around La Russa in recent days. Numerous outlets have speculated that he could go to Chicago after the White Sox parted ways with Ozzie Guillen. A separate round of rumors in St. Louis suggested that La Russa may imminently announce his retirement.
"I'm answering it the way I like to answer, which is, we're one game behind with two to play," La Russa said. "And there's 100 percent attention on that. You want to ask me if I'm going to come back next year, I'll tell you we're one game behind with two to play. I don't think about it."
Besides, La Russa added, "How can I be retiring and going to Chicago too?"
The club and La Russa hold a mutual option on his services for 2012, which could complicate any thoughts of his going elsewhere. General manager John Mozeliak likewise had little to offer on the subject of his manager's future, though it's consistently been made clear that the club will keep La Russa for as long as he wishes to stay.
"We're going to handle that when the season ends," Mozeliak said. "Today is Tuesday. It's about tonight."