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White Sox: Man who may have slept in dugout demands team showing fire

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - AUGUST 23: Manager Tony La Russa #22 of the Chicago White Sox looks on against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 23, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – AUGUST 23: Manager Tony La Russa #22 of the Chicago White Sox looks on contrary to the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 23, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

White Sox manager Tony La Russa has been roasted throughout 2022, so its greater than a little ironic that hes calling for more fire from his team.

There were many moments through the entire 2022 season which have caused Chicago White Sox fans to demand Tony La Russa to be fired. His decision-making has been suspect at best and his team has been underperforming, despite having the injuries theyve had to endure. But possibly the most egregious snafu came in early August when cameras seemed to catch La Russa dozing off in the dugout.

On Saturday following a loss in the home to the Diamondbacks, though, the White Sox fell below .500 (63-64) for the growing season and were further at risk of passing up on the playoffs.

And Mr. Sleepyhead himself unironically viewed the situation along with his club and said that the team didnt have to panic but would have to be motivated and show fire to show things around down the ultimate month of the growing season.

La Russa on falling under .500: “Worst thing that you can do is get frustrated and depressed, discouraged. Get angry. Do something positive about it tomorrow. Thats the message. Get some good adrenaline pumping and obtain back again to even.”

Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) August 28, 2022

White Sox: Tony La Russa, who may or might not have fallen asleep in the dugout, demands team showing fire

How rich could it be for a guy who looked to be drifting off to sleep face to face to require his team to be angry and thrilled by falling below .500? Thats peak degrees of lacking self-awareness there. Maybe La Russa should teach a class on that after hes almost surely relieved of his duties at seasons end.

Yes, the White Sox have already been fighting an uphill battle for a lot of the growing season with injuries to Tim Anderson, Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez and many more plaguing the team and costing them time from the very best players on the roster. But if its an uphill battle theyve been fighting, La Russa has been at the very top like Donkey Kong rolling barrels down the hill at his team at many points.

His latest comments are simply more evidence that the problem is merely untenable for La Russa on the Southside. With just how fans have been completely reacting, there could be a protest outsideGuaranteed Rate Field if the manager isnt gone following this season, especially if they do continue forward and skip the postseason.

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