A game between the White Sox and Reds tied 0-0 headed into extra innings could only be ruined by one man: 76-year-old Tony La Russa.
A runner started on second base to start extra innings because of the new rule, and La Russa decided he would throw prized reliever Liam Hendriks out there. Why? And the worst part was that Billy Hamilton, who is way too fast to ground into a double play, was up to bat. So really putting a ball in play wins the game.
Tony La Russa sent the runner from first only to be thrown out trying to prevent a double play. Might be safe to say Tony La Russa was a terrible hire.
Between Liam Hendriks being forced into a role as the potential go-ahead run, Leury Garcia being sent to steal and getting caught, and Billy Hamilton hitting in that key spot … yeah, another tough sequence for Tony La Russa.— Chris Emma (@CEmma670) May 5, 2021
Former White Sox’ manager Ozzie Guillen was not happy in the post-game show:
Like Guillen mentioned, the Reds weren’t even set up for a double-play ball. So why are you afraid of an outcome that is literally impossible? If your pool was just drained, do you grab your floaties? But I guess this is what happens when a team picks up a former baseball legend from Bingo night and asks him to manage baseball.
Contenders just can’t afford these type of mistakes, and the decisions will only become more complex as the season goes on. That’s not even counting the pressure-cooker that is postseason baseball.
Reds won because that’s how this works
Jessie Winker, of course, delivered the walk-off single in the bottom half of the 10th.
Chicago deserved to lose this game and if they really want to win a World Series, then they need to find a real coach. All greatness has an expiration date, and Tony La Russa is spoiled milk.