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Tony La Russa Absolutely Blew It Today

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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.

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.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for OutKick.com, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr

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  1. Jeeez, I thought Tony LaRussa died already. He’s managing baseball games? Weird…Do they make super slim Depends for those baseball pants? Nothing more embarrassing than seeing the lining of your adult diapers show as you get up to change pitchers

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