The Chicago White Sox received a lot of criticism when they hired Tony La Russa as their manager before the 2021 season. Many people felt that the game had overlooked La Russa and that he would not be able to relate to the players, but it does not seem that those concerns were justified.
After the White Sox were eliminated from the playoffs with a loss to the Houston Astros on Tuesday night, several Chicago players praised their manager. Starter Carlos Rodón said it has been “a pleasure” to play for La Russa. First baseman Gavin Sheets, who is only 25, said White Sox players felt all year that La Russa was on their side.