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  • to sit there and have months to think about this, knowing that you had the d.

  • U I charge out there on day and talking to folks like Do you know who I am?

  • Etcetera, etcetera.

  • It reeks of privileged and that privilege and entitlement on.

  • Certainly in this day and age, I think that we've learned on on various occasions throughout the last few months.

  • The one thing that's incredibly alarming to me guys is that we will sit up there and let grown men who are in leadership positions who happened to be white, get away with things we don't tolerate from kids trying to learn their way through life in their early twenties.

  • We seem to hold youngsters who haven't even learned about adulthood and manhood, yet we seem to hold them more accountable.

  • Then we hold people in leadership positions.

  • I think this is the latest example of that, and I think it's incredibly unfortunate.

  • Tony LaRussa should be fired.

  • In fact, you should have never gotten hired in the first place.

  • Jeff Passan wrote an excellent, excellent articles on ESPN dot com when LaRussa got hired talking about cronyism, and that's really how he got his job because eyebrows were raised.

  • Tony LaRussa for that team.

  • That doesn't make any sense.

  • The fit wasn't right.

  • And I about eyebrows were raised throughout baseball and passing writes this article about cronyism and how it works.

  • I suggest you read it, but it's more than that.

  • Stephen A Why should LaRussa lose his job?

  • Do you remember?

  • Here's some recent press conferences of introductions.

  • The head coaches.

  • You know what your manager is?

  • Um um that that you were like, Whoa, what just happened, Member?

  • When, uh, Sark got the job Sarkeesian in, uh, us?

  • See how we showed up to that press conference?

  • Yes, right.

  • What's going on here?

  • He seems inebriated, right?

  • Like, that's a shocking way to introduce on your introductory press conference.

  • Don't forget.

  • Can you think of Stephen a Adam?

  • Gays?

  • Don't forget, Adam.

  • Get right, Adam.

  • Gays.

  • Whatever it was, it was bizarre behavior.

  • And how did that work out?

  • When you introduce yourself that way, how does that work out?

  • You don't have it together.

  • You shouldn't be in charge.

  • You talk about holding people in positions of authority to the same standards we hold younger people.

  • How do you lead men like that or a group of people like that.

  • What kind of example does it set?

  • It also suggests you don't have stuff together in your own life.

  • Enough your own personal life to be effective in a professional position that requires leadership.

  • And Sark didn't at the time, and neither does Gates.

  • It is apparent, right?

  • Okay, So here is LaRussa, who basically shows up, if not to the press conference on the scene with an issue, and then here quickly, it is exposed, right?

  • Another issue.

  • And it's even worse than you think, because not on Lee.

  • Is it a D.

  • W.

  • I charge, but he's trying to use his status to get out of it.

  • Now let's look at that status.

  • How did he attain that status?

  • LaRussa is one of the best managers of my lifetime.

  • If you're looking for the bottom line, can you win?

  • He can.

  • How did he exactly when Jack McDowell, former Cy Young Award winner Stephen A with the White Sox pitched for the Yankees, won 15 games with the Yankees toward the end of his career, is very good.

  • Pitcher said that when he got there so he predate he.

  • He comes after LaRussa, but when he got to the White Sox sign, stealing was already in place.

  • They would flash a light from the from the center field scoreboard, and you could see the catcher.

  • There was like in the in the manager's office.

  • There's a A screen zoomed in on the catcher and you're flashing lights.

  • And according to McDowall, that's a holdover from the LaRussa era.

  • And when the Russo was asked about it, he said he wasn't on that team.

  • Asked McDowell if he was on that team.

  • That's not a denial you're you're trying to deflect.

  • That's not saying unequivocally.

  • I never did that.

  • I didn't stall that.

  • We didn't do that.

  • Why are you attacking the messenger?

  • This is what McDowell knows, at least as far as his knowledge goes.

  • It was in place from LaRussa when he got there.

  • Let's talk more about Tony LaRussa, great manager, right?

  • The Oakland A's was the flashpoint for the steroids era.

  • Not the guys were inducing beforehand, but oh my God, the Bash Brothers, the whole thing.

  • There were guys on that team.

  • I won't mention any names who were mediocre hitters.

  • Most of their career.

  • They got to the A's Oh my God!

  • Playing defensive positions where they were slugging, right?

  • How did just mysteriously happened.

  • Then he goes to ST Louis.

  • Stephen, a ST Louis Cardinals.

  • He won again with them.

  • There were once again players on the Cardinals.

  • These air good players.

  • It's not like they weren't good players when they got to the Cardinals.

  • They were, but they hit like they never hit before with the Cardinals.

  • Why is that?

  • Because it magically LaRussa has some pixie dust.

  • He Sprinkles everyone.

  • They started hitting.

  • Maybe maybe it is pixie dust.

  • Except instead of sprinkling it, you ingest it or inject it, right?

  • Maybe because that's certainly what was happening in Oakland.

  • So here's a guy who gets his job from cronyism, where there is good, uh, at least, uh, circumstantial evidence to suspect he's cheated in the past in a variety of ways with a variety of teams.

  • And then he shows up and this is what he does walking in the door.

  • Uh, if you're on the White Sox, you got to get rid of him.

  • You got to do it today.

  • Well, what I will say is the reason I don't bring up the past in that regard, Max Kellerman is only because do we have substantial evidence that that would implicate him being complicit in those things that you mentioned in terms of steroids and things of that nature?

  • The point is, is that you know, again, if that's not the case, then I can't hold them accountable.

  • But so much for that because, ah, lot of guys do a lot of things.

  • And I remember when that list came out with guys that were using performance enhancing drugs and things of that nature.

  • It was about 103 names on that list and and a lot of times teammates swore that they didn't know.

  • So if the teammates didn't know who's to say the manager or the coach is new, that's just how I look at it.

  • Obviously, I don't know because I haven't been covering.

  • I don't cover the teams, but I want could deduce that it's pretty hard to hold him accountable for that.

  • But at the end of the day again, when you're 76 years old, when you stepped away from the game in 2011 and it's nearly nine years later.

  • And the White Sox, of all people feel the need to bring you on the question that I've got for the organizations that in the year 2020.

  • How is it that you couldn't come up with somebody else?

  • Just a little bit fresher is just my is just my analysis of it all.

  • That's all.

  • Speaking of the year 20 by the way.

  • And by the way, real quick guys.

  • Yeah, real quick.

  • I just want to say LaRussa, upon getting this job, had toe walked back comments he made four years ago about Kaepernick and kneeling and questioning Kaepernick sincerity and talking about how he would forbid one of his players from doing the same thing he had toe walked back.

  • Those comments to seem as though he got with the times.

  • My point is, Stephen people are allowed to feel how they feel right.

  • Although I think of managers overstepping his bounds, telling a player how he should or shouldn't participate in a ceremony, nevertheless, think of how many strikes against him.

  • It doesn't make sense in the modern game making the statements he made with the past problems he's had.

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First Take reacts to Tony La Russa's DUI arrest & being hired by the White Sox

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/11/11
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