Anderson, who laughed he wouldn’t “change my style, the way I play” after the White Sox hired La Russa, 76, in October, said he arrived at camp early just to sit down and talk with his new manager.
Anderson, 27, who reached .322 in 2020 after winning the American League batting title in 2019, said he was lucky to know La Russa and liked what he saw.
“Just seeing what page it’s on is really great,” Anderson told reporters Monday in Glendale, Arizona. “Just have conversations with him, very motivating.
“The desire to win, he’s got that. I am behind him 110 percent. The ultimate goal is to win and win a World Series here. I am behind him. ”
La Russa, on his second stint with the White Sox 34 years after their dismissal, is 2,728-2,365 with six flags in 33 seasons with Chicago, Oakland and St. Louis. Only Hall of Fame members Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGray (2,762) have more wins.
But he hasn’t filled out a roster card since the Cardinals beat Texas in Game 7 of the 2011 World Series, and he’s well aware of it.
“One of the players asked me, ‘Hey, you were nervous [after addressing the team Monday]? “” La Russa said. “I said, ‘Yeah. … It means you care and understand that the unknown is out there. The challenge of competition. ”
Said Anderson: “I think he’s pretty solid. So far everything has been great. The things he preached were good. I think we have the right man. I hope so. ”
The Russa is no stranger to managing great personalities. He had Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco in Oakland. And his closest there, Dennis Eckersley, was known to pump his fist, point at opponents and shoot imaginary guns at them after strikeouts.
Anderson said he was at a point where he “could tell her whatever I wanted” after their one-on-one meeting.
“I’m not afraid of him,” Anderson joked. “Tell him that. ”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.