Results tagged ‘ Ozzie Guillen ’

6/26 Good pitch, bad result

Paul Konerko’s leadoff homer in the eighth was the difference Saturday night as the White Sox won, 3-2, and took the intracity Interleague series. Konerko connected on a 1-2 pitch from rookie Andrew Cashner. The right-hander said Konerko was late on the 1-1 fastball, so he tried to sneak another one past him.

“The pitch before I was caught in between,” Konerko said. “He had thrown me a couple sliders and I didn’t  get off right on that pitch as far as getting ready so after he had thrown one by me, I threw all my chips in the middle and said, ‘He’ll probably come at it again and if he throws something else, go back to the dugout and let it fly. See it and let it fly.’ He doesn’t give you much time to react. He throws pretty hard.”

Cashner was pretty mad at himself.

“That’s the best stuff I’ve had all year,” he said. “That’s the best breaking ball, best changeup I’ve had, best fastball I’ve had.

“I threw him a fastball up,” Cashner said. “I left it up. He’s a good hitter. I left the ball up and he put a good swing on it.”

“This kid’s got a great arm,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of the rookie. “The ball Konerko hit was 99 [mph]. I like the way he throws the ball.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/26 Dinner with Carlos

Carlos Zambrano had dinner Friday night with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who said the Cubs pitcher regretted his actions. However, the Cubs weren’t happy to hear that Big Z was out on the town.

“I’m disappointed in that from Carlos’ perspective,” assistant GM Randy Bush said. “Nothing against Ozzie. I would’ve thought with the events of yesterday that Carlos would’ve gone home, spent some time reflecting on what happened, thought about his career and his teammates and where he was at. I’m disappointed to hear he was out yukking it up at dinner.”

It didn’t appear that Zambrano was taking the incident very seriously. Guillen tweeted: “Having dinner whit carlos and his family. Great dinner a lot of fun and talk”

This isn’t Zambrano’s first run-in, and he’s always come back and apologized. This is his first suspension issued by the team.

“I don’t know if he’s taking it seriously or not,” Bush said. “I thought he would’ve gone home and thought about the events of the day and where his career was at and what his standing was with his teammates and the organization.”

Said Lou Piniella: “I would’ve hoped he would stayed private and reflected on this. That’s just my thought.”

— Carrie Muskat

6/26 Dinner with Carlos

Apparently, Carlos Zambrano and Ozzie Guillen had a good time Friday night at dinner. The two met downtown Chicago and Guillen tweeted this:

“Having dinner whit carlos and his family. Great dinner a lot of fun and talk”

We’ll ignore the spelling and grammatical errors. Wonder if Big Z and Guillen discussed Zambrano’s meltdown in the dugout at U.S. Cellular Field.

— Carrie Muskat

6/25 Guillen on Z: "He's a different cat"

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was to have dinner with Carlos Zambrano Friday night.

“He’s got a lot of time to make the reservation,” Guillen said after Zambrano was sent home from the Cubs’ game for his embarrassing display in the dugout.

“A lot of people don’t know Carlos,” Guillen said. “To me, Carlos is a great guy. When he puts his uniform on he like to compete, likes to do well. Off the field he’s a different cat.”

If they get together, would Guillen say anything to Zambrano about the incident in the dugout on Friday?

“Nothing,” Guillen said. “That’s part of the game. That’s the way he is. If I see him, that’s the way he is and you’re not going to change that. Now he has to come back to the team and talk to his teammates I guess. It’s not an easy situation, but he will be all right.”

Zambrano got into a shouting match in the dugout with teammate Derrek Lee after the first inning on Friday, upset that Lee did not make a play on Juan Pierre’s ball that went for a double. Big Z was sent home and suspended indefinitely by GM Jim Hendry.

— Carrie Muskat

4/4 Ozzie sends a message

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who was in Atlanta for exhibition games Friday and Saturday, left a message in the visiting manager’s office at Turner Field for Lou Piniella. It was in Spanish.

“He said, ‘Good luck’ and a couple more phrases,” Piniella said Sunday. “And it wasn’t ‘Twitted.'”

Guillen started his own Twitter account this spring but it’s a foreign concept to Piniella. When showed how to use the social networking site, he said, “You have to type?”

— Carrie Muskat


3/5 No Vegas for Lou

Lou Piniella says he’ll skip the Cubs trip to Las Vegas March 12-13 against the White Sox. Piniella’s wife Anita is in town and was leaving March 14. The Cubs have split squad games both days, so Piniella will watch the half that stays back in Arizona.

Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe, who has been a guest coach as well as providing some comic relief, was asked if he would make the road trip.

“I said, ‘Do you want to go to Vegas?’ He said, ‘I haven’t tried on a gray uniform in a few years,'” Piniella said of Sutcliffe, who never made a road trip in Spring Training when he pitched for the Cubs.

It’s one thing to ride the bus two hours from Mesa to Tucson and another to go to Vegas for 24 hours.

“We haven’t talked about Vegas,” Sutcliffe said. “I would go to Vegas to hang with you and Ozzie [Guillen].”

Instead, bench coach Alan Trammell will be the Cubs’ acting manager. On Saturday, Piniella and Guillen will meet for the first of five games between the intracity rivals.

“Maybe he can show me how to Twitter a little bit,” Piniella said.

— Carrie Muskat

2/24 Sweet Lou tweets

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has his own Twitter account.

“What is Twitter?” Piniella said.

It was described as a social media service in which people send messages that are a couple sentences long.

“Ozzie, he needs more space than that,” Piniella said.

Would Piniella ever twitter?

“No, no, no, no, no,” Piniella said. “First of all, I don’t know how to Twitter. Second of all, I’m not going to learn how to Twitter. I’ve heard of Facebook. It’s on my phone and I see it every once in a while.”

He did use Facebook the other day. Don’t expect any tweets from Sweet Lou.

“I’m really not a Facebook or Twitter guy,” he said. “I’m a prime rib and baked potato. I hate to say that but it’s true. Maybe somebody should teach me.”

— Carrie Muskat

9/3 Lou & Ozzie & Big Z

Lou Piniella and Ozzie Guillen did a public service announcement prior to Thursday’s game for Special Olympics. Did they have a chance to commiserate about their respective seasons?

“We didn’t talk much about that,” Piniella said. “The focus this morning was on the kids and rightfully so.”

* Carlos Zambrano will kick off the Cubs’ six-game road trip Friday in New York.

“He needs to step it up,” Piniella said of Zambrano. “He hasn’t won a game since the All-Star break.”

Actually, it’s been since July 22. It just seems longer. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild did address Zambrano’s mechanical problems from his last start, when they felt he was opening up and showing his pitches to hitters too soon. The Cubs need Zambrano to step it up.

“We need everbody,” Piniella said. “We don’t have much margin for error.”

— Carrie Muskat

8/30 Quick hits

No update yet on Alfonso Soriano, who met with the team orthopedic specialist Sunday. Soriano was not expected back until Tuesday. Jake Fox will get the majority of playing time in left.

“We like the offense that Fox provides,” Lou Piniella said of Fox, who drove in a career-high five RBIs on Saturday.

The rap against Fox is that he’s a hitter with no place to play.

“I don’t call him a liability,” Piniella said. “He’s not a Gold Glover but, look, we don’t expect that. We expect this young man to go up and take his cuts at home plate and help us from the offensive side of things. If we get enough of a lead, we’ll put somebody out there with the other skills, and that’s Sammy [Fuld]. [Fox] works hard and he’s trying to get better at everything he does and it’s wonderful to see.”

* Jeff Baker, who injured the little finger on his right hand during batting practice Saturday, was available to pinch hit.

* Mike Fontenot has been working with hitting coach Von Joshua, and one thing Piniella has noticed is that the second baseman isn’t taking his offensive struggles out on the field with him.

“He’s done a nice job, to his credit, defensively,” Piniella said. “He’s plyaed very well. Usually when you see a fall off at home plate, you see a fall off with the glove. It’s good to see — that’s professional.”

* Piniella says he doesn’t look at the standings.

“I don’t pay attention to anything,” he said. “If nobody gives us a chance, let’s keep it that way.”

He also wasn’t going to comment on recent statements by White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen or anybody else. Piniella has enough to think about.

“I do the best I can every day [to hold my tongue] and once in a whlie, when I go into the interview room after a tough loss, I saw a little prayer to God to give me the patience not to say anything that will cause any controversy,” he said.

A reporter quipped that the media is praying for the opposite to happen. PIniella laughed.

“I believe you,” he said. “I understand the nature of the beast.”

— Carrie Muskat

Popularity contest, Part II

Lou Piniella wasn’t offended when he heard about the Sports Illustrated survey of Major League players that voted him the “least favorite” manager to play for. He got 26 percent of the vote from the 380 players surveyed. Ozzie Guillen was second.

“I take that as a compliment,” Piniella told reporters in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. “We demand things and we want to win. There’s pretty good names on that list.”

What is Piniella’s favorite type of manager?

“I’d play for any type of manager, as long as he put up my name in the lineup — that’s the important thing,” Piniella said. “The manager puts your name in the lineup, he’s got confidence in you. That’s it. I’d rather play for a manager I don’t like who puts my name in the lineup then play for a manager I love that sits my [rear end] on the bench.”

He wasn’t going to lose any sleep over the survey. Players were not allowed to vote for their own manager.

“I do the best I can,” Piniella said. “And I’ve been doing it for a long time. I’m proud of my record and I’m appreciative of the players that have played for me to attain that record. That’s the truth. If some of them don’t want to play for me, they can stay where they’re at — I don’t need them.”