The White Sox players clearly had respect for Tony La Russa

Vincent Parise
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 03: Several Chicago White Sox players including Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox were present in the interview room while manager Tony La Russa #22 of the Chicago White Sox announced his retirement during a press conference prior to a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field on October 03, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 03: Several Chicago White Sox players including Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox were present in the interview room while manager Tony La Russa #22 of the Chicago White Sox announced his retirement during a press conference prior to a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field on October 03, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox, as you probably know by now, had a presser to announce Tony La Russa’s retirement from Major League Baseball. This is the second time that he has retired from the game as a manager. This comes because of a health issue that is forcing him to step away.

It has been a bad season for the White Sox. As a result, it is probably fair to say that Tony should have been fired anyway because of baseball-related things. It is unfortunate that things had to turn out the way that they did because it would have been much more fun to see them win.

Despite all of the bad things that surrounded the White Sox during Tony’s time there, one thing stood out on a positive note. It could not have been more obvious that the players on the team cared for this man.

He seemed to have all of their backs when they needed him and they respected him a lot. He is significantly older than each and every one of those players so the fact that they loved him a lot means he was great to them behind closed doors

The Chicago White players showed up to Tony La Russa’s retirement presser.

The perception in the organization is entirely different than that of the fanbase which is wildly obvious. It became even more clear on Monday when every player on the roster showed up to the presser in which he announced his retirement from the game.

With it being just a little bit before the game against the Minnesota Twins, they had no obligation to be there whatsoever. In fact, it would have made more sense for them not to be there so they can focus on the game. However, it was more important for them to show their respect.

At the end of the day, these are human beings playing a very hard game. There are good times and bad. Tony La Russa is one of the best to ever do it and the players know and respect that as well. It didn’t go as anyone would have wanted it to but this presser was very telling about Tony’s character in the room and what he means to the team.

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