Part of the outcry over the White Sox’s decision to hire Tony La Russa, 76, as their manager calmed down, drowned in all the rousing talk about a young and exciting team.
But La Russa will be at the center of everything the Sox do in 2021. He has played well with the media so far, injecting a bit of humor into his Zoom press conferences. The perception, right or wrong, is that he’s humorless, so any attempt at levity on his part is like watching a glacier finally give in to the heat of the sun. It feels good, but you wonder when the angry waves are going to hit the boat.
It’s not what anyone would call the golden age of Chicago sports guiding. Part of it has to do with novelty. The Bulls ‘Russa and Billy Donovan are in their first seasons with their teams, and the Cubs’ David Ross has a pandemic shortened season under his belt. This is partly due to disappointment. Matt Nagy and the Bears have regressed since his first season. And part of it has to do with personality. Blackhawks fans looking for a Jeremy Colliton Sparkle might want to bring their own gamebook.
None of this means that the five coaches / managers will not turn…
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