A collective sigh of relief rises up from the Cubs universe (though it’s an ironic sigh given how successful Tony La Russa has been), as Cardinals manager Tony La Russa affirmatively exited the Cubs managerial race. Of course, La Russa was in the race only insofar as his contract is up after this season.

La Russa has ruled out one possibility for 2011. He won’t be taking over the Cubs’ vacant managerial job.

“I don’t think so,” La Russa said when asked if there were any scenario that might find him managing the North Siders.

Told that his name has been “thrown against the wall” as a possibility in Chicago, La Russa chuckled.

“That’s probably a good way to put it,” he said, “‘Thrown against the wall.’ I don’t think there’s much [chance]. They probably have better sense than that.” cardinals.com.

At least the Cubs will save on cab vouchers.

Sorry. That was tacky. But funny.