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Reflections of La Russa 

A baseball man talks shop

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FRI 7/8

Baseball is a sport of subtlety, aficionados believe, despite the seemingly ubiquitous image of a slugger downing chemicals and swelling like a winter squash in order to smash baseballs into next month. Just ask the fan at the ballpark with the headset, graph paper, and sack lunch -- it's the nuance of the game that makes it great. Hammering the point home is Buzz Bissinger's new homage to Tony La Russa, Three Nights in August: Strategy, Heartbreak, and Joy Inside the Mind of a Manager. The book is not a rehash of the life of the former Oakland A's manager and current St. Louis Cardinals manager, or one of his specific teams. It's literally about three nights in 2003, when the Cards battled the Chicago Cubs, filled with the machinations and insight of the legendary baseball man. La Russa signs copies at 11:30 a.m. at Stacey's, 581 Market (at Second Street), S.F. Admission is free; call 421-4687 or visit www.staceys.com.
-- Michael Leaverton

Born Again

ONGOING 7/9-8/14

The Heart of the Forest Renaissance Faire aims to re-create a historically accurate Elizabethan village. Festivities begin Saturday at 11 a.m. (and continue through Aug. 14) at Stafford Lake Park, Novato & San Marin, Novato. Admission is $6-17; call (800) 510-1558 or visit www.forestfaire.com.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

Ready, Boots?

SAT 7/9

At the "Walk With Me" fundraiser, meet up with "Easter Seals Ambassadors": a few of the 54 million Americans with disabilities. Help support them -- start walking at 11 a.m. at SBC Park, 24 Willie Mays (at King), S.F. Admission is a $35 donation; call (510) 835-2131 or visit www.walkwithme.org.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser

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