May 30, 2013 |
If a certain Bucktown resident seems a lot more relaxed these days than he did when he was managing the White Sox, that's because, well, he is. "I really like living a regular person life," Ozzie Guillen told RedEye in an exclusive interview Wednesday. "So far it's been pretty good. " RedEye caught up with the only man in the past 90-some years to lead a Chicago baseball team to a World Series championship before an event benefiting his eponymous Ozzie Guillen Foundation at River North hot spot The Grid.
September 30, 2012 |
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.
August 28, 2012 |
Even Jake Peavy's softspoken Southern drawl can't hide his excitement about the White Sox this season. After two injury-plagued, underachieving years marred by tension between himself and former manager Ozzie Guillen, the right-hander has regained his All-Star form. With the help of their ace's turnaround, the Sox are in first place in the American League Central Division with 34 games left in the regular season. And while Peavy has been schooling hitters, last week he helped kids prepare for the school year.
June 21, 2012 |
I'd like to thank the White Sox. You almost did it. You almost kept me occupied until Bears preseason in late July and August. You fell short by about a month or so … but hey, really nice effort, guys. Sorry, but losing two of three to the Cubs will not cut it. In a few years, when the Cubs are built, then you can lose two of three to them. Not here. Not now. Is there someone in Chicago, Charlotte, Birmingham, Winston-Salem, Kannapolis or Great Falls who can play third base?
April 18, 2012 |
"What did you say?" As soon as I heard the question, I knew there would be trouble. The Vin Diesel-bodied dude turned around and looked at my friend and me, even though only one of us had been talking. Clearly bigger than either of us, he stood up on the bus and repeated the question. I knew my answer was critical to my safety and that there was no Bud Selig-type to discipline this guy. Fast-forwarding this tale for the sake of column space, my gift of gab narrowly saved our asses from getting an old-fashioned beatdown.
April 12, 2012 |
Since winning the 2005 World Series, the White Sox have been burned often. While they've been fearless in making high-profile moves, many of them - Manny Ramirez, Andruw Jones, Adam Dunn,Ken Griffey Jr. - haven't panned out. So after a disappointing 2011, the Sox cooled off this winter. In other words, they embraced rebuilding. First they traded combustible manager Ozzie Guillen to Miami. Next they allowed Mark Buehrle, their top pitcher and one of their most popular players, to exit via free agency.