Tony La Russa's postgame Zoom call with the media got off to a much later start than normal Monday night after the White Sox dropped the series opener with the Minnesota Twins 8-5 in Minneapolis. The timing had nothing to do with the fact the American League Central-leading White Sox lost their third game in a row.
Yasmani Grandal’s tiebreaking 2-run double helps the Chicago White Sox edge the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3, snapping a 5-game skid: ‘The players really worked to get this win’
Manager Tony La Russa joked about doing a summersault in the style of Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith. That’s what Wednesday meant to the Chicago White Sox, who ended a dismal trip on a positive note by beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 at PNC Park.
The White Sox are hoping Jose Abreu -- in a 4-for-26 slump heading into Tuesday -- gets back to his old self after a two-day break. Monday was an off day and manager Tony La Russa sat Abreu out of Sunday's 3-0 win over the Tigers. "Part of it was physical, mostly mental, especially since he plays at such a high level," La Russa said.
With his plaque in the Hall of Fame, three World Series rings on his fingers and the third-most wins in history on the resume, Tony La Russa had nothing left to prove as a manager. At age 76, he could have unplugged from the game for good after working for MLB and in the front office with the Diamondbacks, Red Sox and Angels following his retirement as manager in 2011.
CHICAGO -- Tony La Russa credited a long list of mentors. He paid tribute to his players, staff and family. He talked about working with strong ownership and front offices over the years. For La Russa, it was their moment just as much as it belonged to him.
CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie Yermín Mercedes hit a game-ending single, Yasmani Grandal homered twice and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 9-8 Friday night. With the victory, Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa tied John McGraw for second place on baseball’s career wins list with No.
It looked like it was going to be one of the least stressful wins of Tony La Russa's career, and the one that would move him into a tie for second place on the all-time list. With the White Sox holding a comfortable 7-2 lead over the Tigers after 6 innings at Guaranteed Rate Field, La Russa appeared to be a lock to join John McGraw with 2,763 wins.
REVEALED: Police dash cam footage of White Sox manager Tony La Russa's 2020 DUI arrest shows him lying about drinking before telling cops 'I'm legitimate... I'm a Hall of Famer'
Police dash cam footage from White Sox manager Tony La Russa's 2020 DUI arrest has surfaced, showing him initially lying to police about drinking The decorated manager also told officers: 'I'm legitimate... I'm a Hall of Famer' La Russa pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of reckless driving
CHICAGO -- A food area at the home of the Chicago White Sox now is called La Russa's Lounge after being named years ago in honor of a woman who sold beer and hot dogs for more than 60 years. Loretta Micele's family is crying foul after the title of Loretta's Lounge was changed in favor of Tony La Russa, now the White Sox manager.
Back in 2005 when the Sox were in the World Series, the team surprised Micele with "Loretta's Lounge." "Prior to Tony La Russa becoming manager, a space that had been named after La Russa for many seasons was relocated to the current area on the 100 level during the 2020 season," the White Sox said in a statement.
The crowds at Guaranteed Rate Field were almost back to normal for the White Sox's three-game interleague series against the Cardinals this week. With COVID-19 protocols easing as vaccinations rise, the Sox got the green light to increase capacity to 60% Monday. Manager Tony La Russa took that into consideration while making out the lineup for Wednesday afternoon's game vs. St. Louis, but he still gave shortstop Tim Anderson the day off.
CHICAGO (AP) — The birds-on-the-bat uniforms, the players in the other dugout, the opposing manager, it all looked familiar to Tony La Russa. Too familiar. The 76-year-old Hall of Fame manager of the Chicago White Sox found himself in a strange spot Monday night: Leading his club against the team he guided to a pair of World Series titles during a long, prosperous portion of his career, the St. Louis Cardinals.
CHICAGO -- The birds-on-the-bat uniforms, the players in the other dugout, the opposing manager, it all looked familiar to Tony La Russa. Too familiar. The 76-year-old Hall of Fame manager of the Chicago White Sox found himself in a strange spot Monday night: Leading his club against the team he guided to a pair of World Series titles during a long, prosperous portion of his career, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tony La Russa has tried keeping a low profile since returning to the dugout as White Sox manager following a nine-year retirement. There's an old saying in the game that the baseball always seems to find you when the pressure's on, and the spotlight has certainly found La Russa over the first two months of the season.
When it comes to shooting itself in the foot, baseball never misses. Imagine an NBA coach admonishing a player for entertaining the crowd with a creative dunk in the final minutes of a lopsided game. You can’t.That would be ridiculous. “I took several steps from the dugout onto the field, yelling, ‘Take, take, take,’ ” La Russa said.
The White Sox are still one big family. Thanks to being in first place and having the best record in the American League, they're usually happy.And like most normal families, the Sox have had some dysfunction. "We're not going to always agree, and that's OK," shortstop Tim Anderson said.
SOMEWHERE, JIMMY PIERSALL is laughing. He's busting a gut over the idea Tony La Russa has suddenly emerged as lord keeper of all that is august and sacred about Major League Baseball. La Russa's newfound self-identity has been in massive media play all week. That's since he chided molten-hot White Sox rookie Yermin Mercedes for belting a home run off a 3-0 pitch late in a blowout win over Minnesota Monday night.
With the White Sox off Thursday before opening a three-game series this weekend at Yankee Stadium, the manager might still be hot and so is the top team in the American League. • The Tony La Russa-Yermin Mercedes blowup is still going strong, with public opinion leaning heavily against the Sox's old-school manager both locally and nationally.
A day after the White Sox blew a 4-0 lead and lost 5-4 to the Twins at Target Field, there was a much bigger question. Has manager Tony La Russa lost the clubhouse? It's been a tempestuous three days in the Twin Cities for a Sox team that entered Wednesday afternoon's game at Minnesota with the best record (25-16) in the American League.