White Sox: There are similarities to the 1985 Chicago Bears
By Chip Egan
Tony LaRussa coaches the Chicago White Sox and it resembles Mike Ditka.
We have to start with the guys at the top for each team, that being Tony LaRussa and Mike Ditka. Both come from the old school in each respective sport. As Ditka did before him, LaRussa has had to find a way to connect with a group of free spirits who brought a different perspective on how to play the game.
Ditka had a true collection of characters he had to coach and despite how difficult they may have made things for him at times, they found a way to come together when needed to get the job done.
Things are not much different for LaRussa with his current roster. His “old school” philosophy has been tested at times, especially when it comes to swinging at three-oh count pitches. There is one glaring difference between the two.
Ditka embraced the celebrity that came with his team’s success, Ditka’s players weren’t the only ones to become pitchmen for a variety of products as Da Coach was sought out as as much if not more than his guys to push just about any product. LaRussa has put off-field time into his animal rescue foundation, but did manage to give his acting chops a go by doing a commercial back in the day.