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Tony La Russa, White Sox discuss chants from home fans

Tony La Russa, White Sox discuss chants from home fans

CHICAGO — Many of the 30,221 fans in attendance for Saturday’s contest with the Rangers lined up early at Guaranteed Rate Field to get the Hawaiian shirt giveaway,

They were also excited to watch a White Sox offense that produced 17 runs in its past two games after struggling for much of an overall disappointing start to the 2022 season. But that excitement turned to angst during the Rangers’ four-run 10th inning, leading to an 11-9 loss to the visitors.

Not just angst, but also boos, and even brief chants of “Fire Tony,” aimed at manager Tony La Russa, as the first five Texas hitters reached base in the extra frame. La Russa understood the fans’ disappointment when speaking about their reaction in his postgame media session.

“Well, I hear it with one ear and I see it with one eye,” La Russa said. “I appreciate they want us to win, and when we don’t win they’re unhappy. I’m pleased that they are, you know? We have the team to win, and we’re losing games. 

“Nobody in that clubhouse, including the manager and coaches, is happy. I like it when [fans] care enough to be upset.”

Every manager makes controversial decisions over the course of a 162-game season. Even the best of them, even Hall of Famers such as La Russa. But Saturday’s setback really didn’t fall in La Russa’s lap.

The White Sox squandered leads of 5-0 after four and 7-4 after five. Their high-leverage relievers such as Liam Hendriks, Kendall Graveman, Reynaldo López and Aaron Bummer were unavailable, which La Russa talked about pregame Saturday without naming specific names. But it was starter Lucas Giolito who took the responsibility on his shoulders after giving up four runs over his five innings.

Giolito allowed all four runs in the fifth, which was punctuated by Adolis García’s three-run home run, after being staked to the big lead.

“I’m disgusted in myself for today. That’s all I can really say,” said Giolito, who fanned eight over his 81 pitches….

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