Ventura's going nowhere ... just like the Sox

September 30, 2012|By Matt Lindner | For RedEye

Relax, White Sox fans, Robin Ventura isn't going anywhere anytime soon.

"I plan on being here for two more years, unless they don't want me here for two more years," the Sox manager said matter-of-factly prior to Sunday's game.

Unlike those of his predecessor Ozzie Guillen, Ventura's pregame media sessions are known more for being innocuous than controversial.

However, Ventura raised eyebrows Saturday when asked if he could see himself managing the Sox for decades much like Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda did with the Dodgers.

"No. I can't," said Ventura, who is finishing the first season of a three-year contract. "Those guys have been doing it for a long time. I'm hoping to get through this one."

That comment left some scratching their heads. However, Ventura made it a point to assure everyone that the team would not have to shop for a manager in the offseason.

"I was joking yesterday," he said Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Sox are just one loss or one Detroit win away from seeing their playoff dream disappear for good. The Sox lost to Tampa Bay 6-2 on Sunday, their 10th loss in their past 12 games.

Despite the team's September swoon, Ventura swears his passion for his job and his team hasn't waned.

"I enjoy the people I work with, guys on the team and what they've done," he said. "That part's been fun."

Matt Lindner is a RedEye special contributor.

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