The Chicago White Sox is a great team that has some holes to fill. It is clear that they need a good right fielder to play right field instead of platooning two second-year first basemen to handle it. They could also use another starter too which would help them tremendously in 2022.
Unfortunately, the White Sox have remained rather dry this offseason. The lockout didn’t help anything for them but they didn’t do much beyond strengthening the bullpen either before or after the lockout. There are still moves available to them so we have to wait and see if they execute.
Earlier this week, White Sox manager Tony La Russa was asked about fans thinking about filling some of these holes. He responded with a quote that basically admitted that he thinks you aren’t a real fan if you don’t believe in the players that they currently have.
Well, those ignorant comments from La Russa were met with some backlash online and it was rightfully so. You can’t tell a White Sox fan that they aren’t a “real fan” if they have a different opinion of you. That is just a terrible look for the manager.
The Chicago White Sox better hope that Tony La Russa is right about his guys.
La Russa is not at all wrong for supporting his guys and believing that he can win with them. To be honest, if that is his opinion, he very well may be right. This team won 93 games last year with as horrid of injury luck as you could possibly imagine.
However, disrespecting fans that believe they need to make one more move for the outfield or trading for a pitcher isn’t the right thing to do. White Sox fans are a passionate bunch that is allowed to think what they want about their team.
Unfortunately, although he did clear up what he meant a little bit more, La Russa doubled down on those ignorant fan comments from earlier this week. He believes that real White Sox fans know what they have in the clubhouse and can win with it.
He just better be right because there is a lot of pressure on this White Sox squad to be good this year. For a long time prior to 2020, the White Sox were a cheap, bad, and unlikable team so it is fair for fans to want that to change for good.
Tony needs to understand that we all have the same want for an end goal. Even if you don’t agree with the narrative, don’t say that they’re not real fans. White Sox fans were there before he was hired either time and will be there long after he retires. Doubling down on this was ignorant on his part.