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Fiery Ozzie

by Dave Schmitt

Last Monday the Sox announced the hiring of former player Ozzie Guillen as the new manager of the Chicago White Sox baseball club. Yes, the same Ozzie Guillen that had a career high of 26 walks in a season, the same Ozzie that never saw an eye high fastball he didnít like, the same Ozzie that went out of his way to turn a routine ground ball into a sensational stop, because he broke the wrong way on it off the bat. I truly hope that Jerry and Kenny saw and heard something from his interviews that truly made them believe that Ozzie was fit to manage anything more than a softball team, because his tendencies over a career of playing baseball do not indicate that he would be a good manager. His lack of patience and discipline while playing would not be a good trait in a manager, the fact that he lacked discipline on the basepaths would make one think he would no nothing of the nuances of playing small ball, something he proposes to bring to the White Sox. So why was he named manager? Maybe it is because he is a fiery guy that can lead by getting his players to play for him, except for the fact that he called out one of the best hitters on the team in his press conference for not being a team player, not exactly the way to get a team behind you. Maybe it is because he brings a lot of experience to the table, all three years of being a third base coach worth. Maybe it was because the Sox brass thought it would be a good PR move to bring back one of their own to lead the club, further proving that they have no clue to the fact that all Sox fans want is a winner, a title, to fly a flag that has not been flown since 1917, A World Champion Banner. Plain and simple this was a gut move hiring by an owner that thinks he can turn it into a quick buck at the gate, thinking he can regain some of the lost attendance by putting a player from the early nineties Sox teams in charge. Once again Jerry sees the small picture and misses the larger one, field a winner, bring home a champion, and the seats will be filled for years to come, this town will back a winner. I hope Ozzie Guillen can do one thing, I hope he can prove me wrong, I would love for that to happen, because I think the Sox hired the equivalent of Terry Bevington.

Free Agent Comings and Goings

Frank Thomas picked up his clause in his contract to return to the White Sox, forgoing his chance at free agency. With the market being what it is he probably made a wise decision. Bartolo Colon on the other hand chose to reject the offer made to him of 12 million dollars a season, the reasons for which are unknown, as are the parameters of the contract. I will say this, if the Yankees donít pony up Bartolo may not see another offer like that in this off-season, the FA market will be more dismal this year than it was last year, especially when the Marlins won it all on a 48 million dollar payroll this season. I would like to take a moment to congratulate Trader Jack on his World Series win, he deserved it after being in the game for 51 years, I would rather he did for someone other than a snake like Jeffrey Loria, but it is not a perfect world. Jose Valentinís option was picked up by the Sox, with no real SS alternatives on the market aside from Miguel Tejada, who I think will remain with the Aís, it was a necessary, if expensive, move.

More Labor Clouds

The MLBPA is getting disgruntled again, and are making noises about filing suit against the owners for collusion for the dismal FA market the past two seasons, as well as the one that they know is coming. I can offer this advice to them, pack a lunch, you donít have a chance in hell of winning. The MLBPA won the last collusion case on overwhelming evidence, they will not get as lucky this time, they will actually have to try and prove their case. The way things sit right now their case is uglier than a mud fence, and their own members are the biggest proof against them, in the names of Jim Thome, Jason Giambi, and Tom Glavine, how do you argue salaries are being controlled by the owners when three separate teams sign three separate players to the richest deals they have ever signed? Don Fehr has his work cut out for him to try and win this case.

It is the beginning of November, the hot stove league is just started to heat up, and so is hunting season, I have arrowheads to sharpen, Fred Bearís favorite time of year approaches, bow season is upon us.

†††††††††††††††††††††† Daver

Dave Schmitt is a life-long resident of the Joliet area, with the exception of two years spent being the only Sox fan in the hell hole known as Baytown Texas, where the trucks are large and the alligators are hungry.† Plumber by trade, hunter by choice, and fisherman 'cause you canít hunt year round.† Married With Children, and four dogs that are confirmed Sox fans.† The kids have less sense.† You can send email to Daver at

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