It’s no secret that one of the biggest offseason “rough patches” among White Sox fans had to do with the hiring of new manager, Tony La Russa. Many raised concerns about the 76-year-old’s DUI history, past comments about athletes protesting, and his ability to mesh with the White Sox young core. To those who remain apprehensive, the following comments should provide some relief.
Tim Anderson fielded questions from the media at Spring Training today and made a few statements regarding La Russa. After meeting and talking with his new skipper, the White Sox shortstop offered an encouraging outlook on how they’ve been getting along:
Hearing that type of praise come directly from Anderson is an encouraging sign. His “110%” backing of La Russa is huge for the clubhouse. There is no animosity. There is no hatred. The two got to know each other on a personal level and Anderson is ready for that working relationship to blossom into success on the field.
The White Sox are a team ready to win, and Anderson believes La Russa is the “right man” to lead them down that path. That statement may have sounded far-fetched just a few months ago, but with the team finally congregating ahead of the 2021 campaign, it’s a reality.