⚾ Will Sox’s Tony La Russa get fired…again?
By Sidney Madden | @sidney_madden_
⚾ Fire Tony?
White Sox manager Tony La Russa is making headlines — again.
It started in the sixth inning of the June 9 game in Chicago: The Dodgers had a runner on second when the controversial Hall of Famer called for LA shortstop Trea Turner to be walked when he had one ball and two strikes. That call opened the door for infielder Max Muncy to hit a three-run homer, giving the Dodgers the lead to win.
La Russa’s reasoning? He wanted left-handed Sox pitcher Bennett Sousa to take on Muncy, citing Muncy’s record hitting from the left-hand side this season, Sports Illustrated reported.
And that was last week. So why’re we still talking about La Russa?
⚾ His call set off a firestorm of criticism. Fans chanted “Fire Tony!” during a home game Saturday against the Rangers, which the Chicago team lost 11-9.
⚾ NBC Sports Chicago, partially owned by Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, cut the intentional walk sequence during a rebroadcast due to time constraints. The station has since said an outside contractor made the edits.
⚾ The Sox are riddled with injuries and bad performances this year, and La Russa is an unpopular figure to begin with.
Will La Russa get kicked to the curb this season? He has before. Reinsdorf fired La Russa in 1986, a decision the owner said he regretted after the manager won three World Series with other teams. That’s largely believed to be one reason Reinsdorf brought his friend out of retirement two years ago.
The Sox did just cream the Tigers 13-0 Wednesday, so maybe there’s a redemption arc for La Russa after all?
👉 Watch the Sox take on the Astros this weekend.
🍗 Harold’s Legacy
Harold’s is an institution. It’s as Chicago as “Soul Train” and machine politics. Today, Harold’s has dozens of franchises, is at major festivals, and has been hyped by a certain former U.S. prez. But it’s maintained a neighborhood feel through it all.
🎧 Writer Shakeia Taylor and professor Arionne Nettles tell us about Harold’s legacy. Plus, we hear from a former Harold’s franchise owner.
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Juneteenth is observed Monday this year, but you can celebrate all weekend!
Celebration of Freedom
Jubilee & Resource Fair
Juneteenth Black Parade
“Black Panther” concert