There are 50 shades of Tony LaRussa and we saw a few this week.
Happy Tony was even before his Chicago White Sox opened the home field on Monday the first night of the year in the South Garden when John Mancada and Joe Kelly and his team returned with a six-game winning streak. Their drift of eight games was in the rearview mirror, and ahead were the best days.
Then on Monday we saw Ornery Tony after the Sox blew up six wounds, the ninth inning The Cleveland Guardians both lost 12-9 in 11 innings.
The Sox made four mistakes, including two in the fatal ninth made by Mancado and Tim Anderson before Josh Naylor tied the Grand Slam to Liam Hendrix. La Rousse defended Mancado after being asked about two errors, saying the ball bounced on a third man from base.
“What else did you not like?” La Russa asked CHGO reporter Winnie Duber.
Duber pointed to Anderson’s mistake.
“Have you ever tried to quit something?” La Rusa asked.
Duber noted that Anderson’s mistake was to miss the field relay.
“We didn’t lose this game because of our defense,” La Rousseau said. “I don’t agree with that, so …”
We’re told it’s all part of La Russa’s competitive nature, so Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf retired him to complete a job that Rick Renteria couldn’t. No one takes this personally when La Russa questions the validity of a valid question. Occupational hazards.
Happy Tony is back after Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over the Guardians, which preceded the unfortunate outbreak of COVID-19 in the Guardians’ coaching ranks, which led to a transfer on Wednesday. It was a good time for the Sox, giving the bullring La Rousse an extra day off before a series of four games against the New York Yankees, the best team in baseball.
Before Thursday’s game, Dubert asked La Russie if Johnny Cueto, who played at Triple-A Charlotte, was an option for a doubleheader Tuesday in Kansas City, Missouri. Then we saw Funny Tony.
“You’re an option,” La Rousse told Duber, causing uncomfortable laughter to those who remembered La Rousse having previously asked Duber if he had ever made a throw.
Somehow Dubert not only convinced La Rousseau that he could quit, but also start for the White Sox.
Next was Surprised Tony on Thursday night after Kelly recorded the first two eighth-half outs on four fields in the game with a score of 7-7, before exploding three moves in a row, including seven goals in his last eight fields. It was Kelly’s second exit after rehabilitating from a right biceps injury in the last 6 and a half months.
La Russa allowed Kelly to face Aaron Judge, who killed a home run by Ryan Baer, who nearly crossed 35th Street in his previous battle. Kelly made Judge hit the weak chopper in the middle, a tough game, but one that a good second base can do if a huge referee runs up to the first.
Leura Garcia was not the second from base. His throw was not strong enough to defeat Judge in the game. After the final game was credited and the first baseman showed that the referee was safe, first baseman Jose Abreu fell asleep for a second as Gleiber Torres drove around third and scored the second score in the game.
Aubrey tried an awkward throw at a plate that NBC Sports Chicago analyst Ozzy Gyllen mocked outwardly during a post-game show. Real-time analyst Steve Stone directly pointed to the inattention of Abreu, who allowed to score in the second run.
Kelly then completely collapsed, walking Anthony Ritz on four fields. Instead of urging Dubois, who wrote his story in a press box, La Rousse called on left-hander Tenner Banks to oppose the right-handed Giancarlo Stanton, who twice fought off Dylan Sise.
Due to the fact that the Sox are already lagging behind, Rousseau did not want to use the levers with high lever Hendrix, who last served on Monday, or Kendall Graveman, who had a day off after the transfer.
“By that time we’re down, I don’t think you can lose your hand,” La Rousse said later before correcting himself. “Don’t waste your hand, use your hand. That’s what I think. “
Stanton singled out another series with a score of 0-2. Banks then gave homework from three of Josh Donaldson’s wounds, hitting with his right hand, making the score 14-7. After losing 15-7 we saw Bemused Tony, who was still amazed by the absurd turn of events in the eighth after two quick outs in a draw.
“I mean, you had to see it to believe it “ Said La Rousseau. “I still don’t believe it.”
That would be a great marketing slogan for Sox 2022, a team you need to see to believe. Only 20,050 fans showed up on a gorgeous night on Thursday at the start of the biggest home series of the season, and the team was averaging 16,596 in two games against the Guardians in similar weather.
The Sox didn’t help their cause. They entered Friday’s game 15-15, finishing last in the serve and 12th in the serve and .255 shots per team. This is not the performance that creates the atmosphere of the “World Series”.
So what shades of Tony La Russa will we see by the end of the season?
We are looking forward to finding out.