I know the White Sox have already eaten a lot to make this hiring stick, but I don’t know how Tony La Russa survives this DUI story as more of the details come out.
ESPN broke the news last night that La Russa, 76, had been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving back in February, and was ultimately charged with DUI just one day before the White Sox shocked everyone by hiring him as their new manager. That hiring came after virtually no search process, and reportedly at the behest of White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, a long-time friend of La Russa’s. The White Sox knew about the DUI arrest and charge, but did not change course, and – at last check – do not plan any discipline.
Well, I’m just saying, it gets worse:
ESPN obtained the full arrest report for Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa's DUI charge.
"Do you see my ring?" La Russa said to the arresting officer. "I'm a Hall of Famer baseball person. I'm legit. I'm a Hall of Famer, brother."
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 10, 2020
It’s just impossible for me to imagine an MLB team sticking with a 76-year-old drunk driver who tried to big-time his way out of an arrest. How on earth is this the guy the White Sox want running their clubhouse? What kind of superior decision-making ability does he have? What kind of judgment?