Tim Anderson on Tony La Russa Dynamic: 'We're Like the Bad Kids Who Don’t Listen'

Blake SchusterContributor IMay 21, 2021

CHICAGO - MAY 14:  Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox gestures while looking on against the Kansas City Royals during game two of a doubleheader on May 14, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois.  The players wore special caps and other items during Armed Forces Weekend, celebrated by Major League Baseball.  (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
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Any Chicago White Sox fans worried that manager Tony La Russa is imparting his love for the sport's unwritten rules on the clubhouse can take a deep breath.

It turns out the players aren't listening.

At least that's according to shortstop Tim Anderson—one of the team's leaders—who sided with rookie Yermin Mercedes after La Russa fumed that it was inappropriate for the designated hitter to homer on a 3-0 pitch off position player Willians Astudillo in a 16-4 blowout of the Minnesota Twins on Monday.

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TA: "Tony's like that dad, we're like his kids. We're like the bad kids who don't listen. But we all get along."

It's no surprise Anderson took this approach. The 2019 American League batting champion has been a proponent of bat flips, celebrations and general goofiness on the field. He also posted on Instagram in support of Mercedes' swing and reiterated his feelings on Mercedes' Instagram Live feed from the team plane, telling the rookie to "keep swinging 3-0."

La Russa told reporters Friday that he addressed the situation with the team and felt like the players understood his position on the unwritten rules.

"Any father would love to have a son like Tim," La Russa said, "because his bad goes from very, very good to just good."