If there are concerns about the way dynamic shortstop Tim Anderson and old-school manager Tony La Russa get along, then Chicago White Sox fans can breathe a sigh of relief at the beginning of spring training.
Anderson laughed and said that after the White Sox hired the 76-year-old La Rusa in October, he would not “change my style, change my style of play”. He said he arrived at the camp early just to sit down with him. Conversation. New manager.
The 27-year-old Anderson reached 0.322 in 2020 after winning the U.S. League batting championship in 2019. He said he had a chance to meet him and he liked what he saw.
Anderson told reporters in Glendale, Arizona on Monday: “It̵
“This is the motivation for him to win. I am 110% behind him. This is the ultimate goal, which is to win a victory and win a World Series. I am behind him.”
La Russa entered the White Sox for the second time 34 years after being sacked. In 33 seasons in Chicago, Oakland and St. Louis, he had 6 pennants and won 2,728-2,365. Only Hall of Famers Connie Mac (3,731) and John McGregor (2,762) have more victories.
But since the Cardinals defeated Texas in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series, he hasn’t filled out any lineups, and he knows this very well.
“One of the players asked me,’Hey, you are nervous [after addressing the team Monday]? “La Russa said. “I said, yes. …Which means you care, and you understand that the unknown is there. The challenge of competition. “
Anderson said: “I think he is very solid. So far, everything is good. He preached very well. I think we found the right person. I hope so.”
La Russa is no stranger to managing big shots. He has Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco in Oakland. It is well known that Dennis Eckersley, who is near him, will swing his fists, aim at opponents, and fire at them after a strikeout.
Anderson said that after their one-on-one meeting, he “can tell him anything I want to say.”
“I’m not afraid of him.” Anderson joked. “tell him.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.