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Tony La Russa may be a frustrating manager, but he is the gold of the entertainment industry.

Someone asked me the other day if I wanted Tony La Russa fired. Interest Ask. Not “Should the White Sox manager be fired?” Not “does he deserve to be fired?”

Do I want La Russa fired?

Selfish? Like a columnist who loves it when article ideas are regularly handed out on a silver platter? How is someone who makes a living looking for topics that cause controversy, raise the temperature and turn brother against brother, husband against wife, and dog against chew toy? Asking me if I want La Russa fired is like asking an ant colony if they want the dessert cart to move on.

No. I don’t want La Russa and his endless breakdowns to go anywhere.

My self-absorption will probably piss off some Sox fans who will let me know in no uncertain terms what they think about my job, my life, my existence without friends, the shape of my head, the obvious consequences of delayed potty training, etc.

I want people to stop interfering with my love for humanity.

Many of us agree that the stumbling Sox would be better off without La Russa. When the club took him out of the loft in October 2020, dusted him off and introduced him as their manager, many of us agreed that it was an extremely bad idea. Tony’s supporters will rightly point out that there’s not much a coach can do when it looks like half of his players are on the injury record at any given moment. But this team is still talented and hasn’t responded to La Russa the way a talented team should have.

The best argument for sending him on the road is that the clock for the Sox is ticking. The season hadn’t slipped away yet, but he took a step toward stepping out the door with one foot. They must be better than this. Because it’s not, because they haven’t been successful, replacing La Russa makes a lot of sense.

But if we’re talking about entertainment value, and I’m talking, are you kidding? You don’t throw away gold.

The amount of negative energy it generated could power an entire fleet of electric vehicles. People are offended by his game decisions, his decisions in the car (arrest for drunk driving before he was hired, his second) and his unbreakable bond with Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, who seems certain that La Russa invented baseball. Turns out there are two of them.

Some don’t like his age (77), his hair color (brown?) or his take on the national anthem (wait, don’t kneel).

There are so many things about La Russa that annoy fans that it’s hard to count them. He’s a fan of the unwritten rules of baseball, which drives “modern” fans crazy, and the dynamics are very, very interesting. His use of the bullpen drew endless criticism, as did his day-to-day roster changes. Last year, a sportswriter told him about a new Major League Baseball rule that could help him win the game he had just lost. This caused massive eye-rolling.

His recent decision to intentionally go around a Dodgers forward with two punches was horrific, stunning, and surprising at the same time. Public outrage dedicated to it! Column inches is provided!

It reminded former Bears coach Mark Trestman that during a 2013 game in Minnesota, Robbie Gould attempted a 47-yard field goal for second and 7th in overtime. Trestman: Also the columnist’s best friend.

La Russa’s decision backfired when, after a deliberate entry on Trea Turner, Max Munsey hit a three-run homer and the Sox lost. After that, Tony acted like he was shocked at the very thought of anyone questioning his decision. It cost about 100 columns.

Trestman’s decision backfired when Gould missed and the Vikings won. After that, like La Russa, Trestman stood his ground, stating that he ordered the kick on the second down because he was afraid of a penalty or a fumble, which only sounded defeatist because it was. He took responsibility, whatever that means.

I got another season from Trestman, who lost his job after the 2014 season with consecutive losses to the Patriots and Packers because his offensive coordinator publicly stated that quarterback Jay Cutler “absolutely killed” the Bears with his bad play. management and because team owner Virginia McCaskey was “pissed off”, according to her son.

I would like to spend the rest of this season at La Russa. You can’t make this guy up, but I’m glad someone did.

Will he be fired? No, he won’t.

The decision to hire him was a bad idea in 2020 and still is a bad idea. But now no one expects Reinsdorf to listen, because he never listens to any voices other than what is in his head. Luckily.

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