View Full Version : A Letter From Ozzie

03-31-2005, 02:08 PM
Dear White Sox fans,

Opening Day is just about here - finally. The last
week of Spring Training is always tough. Your
emotions are mixed. Everyone is excited about
getting the season started, but at the same time you
also have the final roster cuts to get down to 25
men. Sending guys to the minors is always hard, but
especially when it comes down to the last couple of
cuts each spring. Telling someone he is not going
to make the Major League club might be the hardest
thing about my job.

We've had a great spring. Other than a few scares
like Mark Buehrle's sore left foot or Aaron Rowand
getting hit by pitches, we have stayed healthy. In
some ways, that is always your biggest concern as a
manager. You want everyone to stay healthy during the

I hope all of our fans share my excitement about this
season. We can't wait to get things started in Chicago
on April 4. The approach I have been stressing to our
players and staff this year is to take each day as it
comes. The temptation is to start looking ahead at the
next series, the next road trip or the next homestand.
You start trying to count up wins and losses months in
advance. My message to the team is that we need to
fight that temptation and focus on the game we are
playing today.

A baseball season is so long - 162 games - that it is
easy to lose your focus. I do believe it is not the way
you start a season, but the way you finish, that is most
important. The key to April is to not dig too deep a
hole for your club. If you bury yourself in April and
May, it becomes that much tougher to survive the slumps
that every team faces at some point during the summer.
My goal is that we come out of April and May with a
cushion that allows us to survive the struggles, or even
better, to take advantage of that hot streak in June,
July and August.

I have really enjoyed watching our team come together
this spring. To a man, every one of our new players has
really fit in. I am very pleased with our chemistry,
even if you sometimes have to know four languages -
English, Spanish, Japanese and my own personal mix.

We started out Spring Training looking at a lot of
young players, and several impressed us. As our
regulars began to play more and more innings, you saw us
be very aggressive on the basepaths and at the plate.
You are going to see that aggressiveness all season long.
Along with my coaching staff, I wanted to see who could
handle the bat and how everyone ran the bases. The best
way for us to learn the abilities and limits of our
players was to be extra aggressive on the bases. I am
willing to make overly aggressive outs in March to learn
something that might help win a game in September.

From Day 1, I want this White Sox team to feature good
starting pitching, be aggressive and exciting on the
basepaths and be solid fundamentally. If we do those
three things, I believe we will consistently win games.

We need our pitching to stay healthy. I really like the
balance of our offense and believe we will be much more
consistent from day to day this season. Our bullpen's
depth will be a strength on this team. Finally, I think
it is important to remember how much of a learning process
the start of this season will be for Tadahito Iguchi. He
has done a terrific job this spring adjusting to major-
league baseball and just to life in America. I need to
be patient with his even bigger adjustment to Major League
Baseball's regular season.

I hope this gives you a sense of what we have accomplished
this spring and our excitement about the start of the
season on Monday. I know many of you will be at the
ballpark for Opening Day, and I will see others of you as
the season gets rolling.

Thanks for all the support, and let's get this season going.

Ozzie Guillen

Ju No Ay Deed No rie dees. A Keed Deed dat.

03-31-2005, 02:15 PM
I tell you what...

03-31-2005, 05:58 PM
I tell you what these ballplayers are really good kids

03-31-2005, 06:12 PM
I make dee ****ing lineups.

03-31-2005, 10:23 PM
Ju No Ay Deed No rie dees. A Keed Deed dat.
Yeah, pretty funny stuff, no? What do they think we just fell off the turnip truck. We know Ozzie no write that ****. At least put the ghostwriters initials at the bottom or something.

03-31-2005, 11:37 PM
Shoot, I thought I was the only one who got that e-mail.


03-31-2005, 11:52 PM
I knew it wasn't Ozzie right around the time I read "Dear White Sox Fans."

04-01-2005, 08:32 AM
I knew it wasn't Ozzie right around the time I read "Dear White Sox Fans."

Now you know why ticket prices have gone up...do you have any idea how much money it costs to have a professionally trained translator interpret an entire letter written in "Guillish"?

04-01-2005, 04:50 PM
Ju No Ay Deed No rie dees. A Keed Deed dat.

"Fung is winning and winning is fung"-December,2003

"Oh,Got" -after the 9-8 victory over the Angels last season.
Ozzie was asked what would have happened if the Sox,down
8-2 early on,had lost the game.

04-02-2005, 12:57 AM
I still laugh at the absurdity of putting Ozzie and Harold next to eachother on the bench.

04-02-2005, 03:27 AM

this thread kills, thanks guys.