CHICAGO – Chicago White Sox defeater Tim Anderson is equally curious to see how new manager Tony La Russa will react to his first flip after a home run.
Anderson also made a few things clear.
He won’t change to match the captain of the Hall of Fame, who returned to White Sox last week, 34 years after they fired him. He said he looks forward to playing for La Russa and has a good time along the way.
“There’s a lot of news saying we might not get along,” said Anderson, chuckling. . I was just willing to choose his brain and learn knowledge. … Just try to have fun with it, if he allows it. “
Anderson and midfielder Eloy Jimenez spoke on Thursday in a video call after they and first team player Jose Abreu were announced as Silver Slugger Award winners as top attackers in their place.
They̵7;re having a manager who won the World Series with Oakland Athletics and two more with St. Louis Cardinals. But Anderson and Jimenez said they’re sorry to have to watch the White Sox with Rick Renteria in what the group claims is a joint agreement to divide.
With a combination of young stars and solid veterans, Chicago made it to the knockout stages this year and ended a streak of seven consecutive losing seasons.
“Tony is one of the greatest managers in game history,” Jimenez said through an interpreter. “When I watched this news, I was excited to be managed by someone like him. But at the same time, it was bittersweet news because I loved Ricky too. “
La Russa is 2,728-2,365 with six pennants over 33 seasons with Chicago, Oakland and St. Louis. Only Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763) in the Hall of Famers had more victories.
But at 76, he hasn’t filled up a squad card since Cardinals beat Texas in Game 7 of World Series 2011. He’s taking over a vibrant team that loves to have fun and celebrate, none more. Anderson is 27 years old.
“I’m not going to change my style, the way I play, for Tony,” Anderson said with a laugh. “That won’t happen. I’ll continue to be me. I always have and I always will. We’ll see what happens, I guess, if I do the flip.”
La Russa is no stranger to managing big characters. He has Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco in Oakland. And his up close, Dennis Eckersley, is known to throw fists, point at opponents and shoot imaginary guns at them after the attacks.
Last week, La Russa said he was fine with the players celebrating as long as it was “sincere.” He wanted the players who were “passionate to participate in the competition.”
Anderson is looking forward to talking to La Russa.
“I’ll ask him, ‘How many have you read? You know, a lot of people said we wouldn’t match.’ So I would ask him, ‘Why do you think that?’ “I am very excited about that,” said Anderson. Hopefully we can turn this negative into a positive. Keep moving, keep enjoying the game and have fun with it. You cannot be out of place with what the end goal is. “