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What's with these Redbirds always pushing to get the band back together? 

First Tony La Russa jokingly toys with the idea of using Mark McGwire as a pinch hitter some time this season.

Now former Cardinals outfielder Jim Edmonds(notes) is challenging La Russa to put him on St. Louis' 2010 squad?

Edmonds, who turns 40 in June, did not play in 2009 after finishing '08 — his 16th major league season — with the Cubs. He played in St. Louis from 2000-07.

Cardinals.com writer Matthew Leach saw Edmonds' appeal to La Russa at the Cardinals Winter Warmup over the weekend isn't sure what to make of the center fielder's suggestion/offer/demand/what-have-you.

Writes Leach on his blog:

On Sunday night at the annual "Stars to the Rescue" benefit for La Russa's Animal Rescue Foundation, Edmonds said he was "challenging" La Russa to let him rejoin his old team. [...]

Edmonds took the microphone with a grin and addressed the crowd.

"I'm challenging him to let me come back and play for the Cardinals again for free," Edmonds said to the crowd at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis.

Edmonds then modified his offer to playing for the league minimum, rather than for free. 

Is Edmonds serious about making a comeback? Would La Russa go for it?

With these Birds, who knows for sure?

Edmonds' speech helped make for busy weekend in St. Louis, where McGwire was thoroughly cheered by hometown fans welcoming him back into the game. He then evaded questions about steroids from a media crowd that cornered him in a hallway.

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