Tony La Russa pushes back at notion that White Sox lack the 'fire' needed to win


(670 The Score) A day after right-hander Johnny Cueto questioned whether the inconsistent White Sox have the “fire” needed to compete at a higher level, manager Tony La Russa on Thursday pushed back at that narrative.

“It’s a curious statement,” La Russa said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “It’s better to be discussed within the family. If there’s a problem, straighten is out.

“I heard that he said that, and I was surprised he said that. His opinion is welcome, and it also carries weight. The guy is experienced. I’ll ask him about it.”

Cueto made his comment in the wake of the White Sox’s 8-3 loss to the Royals on Wednesday evening, a game in which he recorded another quality start by logging six innings and allowing three runs, two earned.

“We can’t get comfortable,” Cueto told reporters. “We need to go out and play and play hard and show what we can do. We need to fight. We need to show the fire that we have – if we have any.”

That didn’t sit well with La Russa, who emphasized that the White Sox's "switch is on" while noting they're losing close games too often.

“Usually that’s better said in the clubhouse in front of your teammates,” La Russa said, according to the Sun-Times.

The White Sox have underperformed all season, sitting at 56-55 and 2.5 games back in the AL Central race entering play Thursday, when they close a four-game series at the Kansas City Royals.

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