Early in the hiring process and during the early part of the season, Tony La Russa took a lot of heat from media and fans. It was warranted during some of the Yermin Mercedes stuff but most of it was noise that wasn’t needed. The team has responded so well to him in most games this season and now they enter the All-Star break in first place. Not only are they in first place, but the Chicago White Sox also leads the American League Central division by 8.0 games with a record of 54-35.
Tony La Russa deserves a lot of credit for that. He is all about winning. Nobody ever was able to doubt his resume in the big leagues. The man has done a lot of winning. The biggest question mark was about his ability to connect with the new generation’s players. So far, he has.
One player that is the definition of a new generation type player is Tim Anderson. He is one of the leaders on the diamond for the White Sox but he is also one of their vocal leaders. When he says something, it resonates with the fanbase, his teammates, and the coaches.
Tim Anderson is one of the most important Chicago White Sox players right now.
Anderson led the charge in 2019 when the team started to turn the corner. They weren’t good enough to make the playoffs but there were signs of what was coming. Anderson was prominent in it both on and off the field. That is why it is great to see him at the MLB All-Star Game in 2021. In an interview before the festivities on Tuesday, he spoke very highly about his new manager.
According to Anderson in the video, he believes that Tony puts the team in a position to be successful. He also refers to him as a legend and asks “why someone wouldn’t want to learn from him?”. He makes a great point. Tim Anderson isn’t the type of player to just give generic answers either. He is always very thoughtful and honest with his responses to things so you can believe every word he says.
This is great news fr the White Sox. The vocal leader on the team and the manager are getting along great and clearly enjoy working together. This White Sox team is absolutely loaded with talent and it is only going to get better as they get healthier. La Russa is going to be a big key in this team getting over the hump when the playoffs roll around. It is going to be fun watching during the second half of the season.