Maybe “Malcolm in the Middle” expressed it best: The future is now, old man.
Tony La Russa — White Sox manager and gatekeeper of the Unwritten Rules and the Right Way to Play and all those other nonsense old-school baseball ideologies that are clinging to a door like Jack Dawson in “Titanic — made waves in recent days for failing to support his players.
Another stupid baseball drama played out by fragile egos and dumb, inconsequential logic was somewhat spearheaded by La Russa, who seemingly supported the Twins trying to enact dumb baseball justice when Tyler Duffey threw behind Yermin Mercedes on Tuesday night.
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La Russa continued his shilling on Wednesday, seemingly trying to big league (no pun intended) starting pitcher Lance Lynn in a Wednesday news conference.
Lance Lynn last night said “there are no rules” when a position player is pitching, adding: “The more I play this game, the more those (unwritten) rules have gone away.”
Tony La Russa said of those remarks: “Lance has a locker. I have an office. … I don’t agree.”
— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) May 19, 2021
All this stemmed from Mercedes hitting a 3-0 home run in a blowout of the Twins on Monday, off position player Willians Astudillo.
La Russa, 76, recently thawed out from cryogenic deep sleep by White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, is a manager from a bygone fake tough guy baseball era who seemingly has trouble grasping changing ways in baseball. The White Sox are 25-16 and in first place despite his efforts.
Players, fans and analysts, though, aren’t in agreement with La Russa’s methodologies, with plenty of tweeters voicing their displeasure of TLR’s words or attitude.
I’m riding with Lance Lynn all day. TLR is stuck in the past. Life is about adapting and moving forward!
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) May 19, 2021
La Russa’s unfettered arrogance to actually say “Lance has a locker, I have an office” in response to Lance Lynn’s comments, as if that somehow ends the debate, shouldn’t be overlooked. Also, it’s the guys who “only” have lockers ultimately determining a manager’s success/failure
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) May 19, 2021
This is such a big part of it. TLR poured gasoline on the fire. He coulda just handled this like your average meh boring manager, but instead he MADE IT A THING. https://t.co/0TUIMseN9C
— Céspedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) May 19, 2021
Let just add MORE “unwritten rules.”
— Trevor “IamTrevorMay” May (@IamTrevorMay) May 19, 2021
We’re all shocked 76 year old Tony LaRussa has an old school baseball mentality?
— Phil Hughes (@PJHughes45) May 18, 2021
There’s a theory going around that TLR is diverting attention to himself so Yermin doesn’t get hit. If that’s truly the case, give Tony a damn Oscar.
— Coach Trev (@trevorplouffe) May 18, 2021
Imagine asking White Sox fans to side with TLR against Mercedes and Anderson
— Nicky Beeps (@Nick_BPSS) May 18, 2021