Tony La Russa on White Sox: ‘Fans got to get behind these guys’

Tony La Russa on White Sox: ‘Fans got to get behind these guys’
August 30, 2014, 7:30 pm
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John Paschall

Former White Sox manager Tony La Russa didn’t hide his affection for the franchise that gave him his first MLB managerial shot. 

But he did have one favor to ask for the White Sox fans out there.

“One request I would have, in those days you could feel the passion and support,” La Russa said. “This organization is still great, great. Our fans, we got to get behind these guys. The more you come out the better they play. This organization really deserves it.”

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La Russa was inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 class along with other Chicago greats Frank Thomas and Greg Maddux. While he admitted this past year was one of the best in life, reliving all the memories of his baseball career hasn’t created an itch for him to return back to the managerial ranks. 

“I don’t miss being in the dugout,” La Russa said. “I passed that baton. I’m having more fun upstairs second guessing.”

Other notes:

- The White Sox announced on Saturday that RHP Francellis Montas has been promoted to Class-AA Birmingham. Montas, the White Sox’s No. 7 ranked prospect according to Baseball America’s midseason report, missed time earlier this year with a meniscus tear but was still able to pitch 62 innings for Class-A Winston-Salem in 2014, going 4-0 with a 1.60 ERA and 56 strikeouts.