Tony La Russa ready to embrace bat flips, passion from his White Sox

"I'm working as hard as I can to be part of the White Sox family," La Russa says.

(670 The Score) White Sox manager Tony La Russa began his career in baseball as a player back in 1963 and -- until being hired by Chicago in late October -- had last managed in 2011. He came through the game during times in which it was less expressive.

Modern baseball has changed over the past decade, with players bringing more flair and passion to the field and expressing that in various ways, including with bat flips on home runs. With the White Sox, La Russa will manage one of the game's most enthusiastic players in star shortstop Tim Anderson.

While it will be a new dynamic for him, La Russa will embrace symbols of expression and joy from Anderson and all his White Sox players.

"I'm working as hard as I can to be part of the White Sox family," La Russa said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Friday morning. "Tim and the guys that are here are the family. Assuming that my work is good and I get to be a part of them, I will not in any way not try to protect and promote and try to make members of the family better."

La Russa likened the passion of Anderson to that of Rickey Henderson, Dave Parker and Jim Edmonds, players he managed in the past with the Athletics and Cardinals.

It's part of why La Russa has a great appreciation for Anderson.

"Tim has a burning desire to compete and be part of a winner and that's what those guys did," La Russa said. "We're not going to have a problem."