St. Louis Cardinals defeat Chicago Cubs, 2-1

It was, perhaps, the most unfair question I've ever asked of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.

Here goes:

Your choice, Tony.

A healthy Chris Carpenter?

Or a new, adorable puppy?

"That's a hell of a question right there," La Russa said. "A new puppy versus Carp?"

La Russa pondered the selection for a few moments.

"I don't get the same stirring from the puppy," he said.

Calling the Animal Rescue Foundation ...

But can you blame La Russa? Coming into...