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Watch: La Russa, ex-Cubs manager Frey star in amazing 80s ad

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Tony La Russa is back for a second stint as White Sox manager, the first run coming from 1979-86. During that time, he also starred in a classic commercial with then-Cubs manager Jim Frey.

Let's paint the scene: La Russa is at a bar enjoying a post-victory beer. At 9:30 p.m., he calls Frey, who's already in bed after his Cubs won earlier that day, thanks to those early-afternoon start times.

Frey initially asks La Russa if he's crazy for calling so 'late,' but ultimately springs out of bed to join him for a "pleasant nightcap," after La Russa offers to pick up the tab.


The White Sox and Cubs fired La Russa and Frey during the '86 season, but like La Russa and the Sox now, Frey later returned to the Cubs as general manager in the 1987-88 offseason. 

Frey died in April at the age of 88.

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