Ozzie-Kenny: A new bromance blooms

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Ozzie-Kenny: A new bromance blooms

Monday, Dec. 6, 2010
3:41 PM

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- For fans of the modern-era Chicago White Sox, run by bold and brash general manager Ken Williams and piloted by feisty, eighth-year manager Ozzie Guillen, Monday's Winter Meetings news couldn't be better.

Just a few weeks after declaring he was 'confused' by reports that the White Sox were in discussions -- to what degree is still disputed -- to trade him to the Florida Marlins, the skipper made a quick dine-and-dash visit to the Winter Meetings and reported that all is well between him and Williams.

Their longtime friendship -- Guillen tearfully broke the news to Williams that he had been traded by the White Sox when the two were teammates during spring training of 1989 -- was build on the mutual respect the two shared. Guillen famously had been hired at the 11th hour by Williams, in spite of spending a substantial portion of his interview arguing with Williams.

The foundation of their friendship was shaken last year, when Guillen's middle son, Oney (then a White Sox employee), criticized the team via Twitter, digging in even deeper after he was fired for his outbursts. The relationship unraveled from there, poisoning the season for Guillen.

"This summer, I told my wife I couldn't wait until 2010 was over; 2010 was a very, very, very, very bad year for me, personally. Last year, we were 25-5 in one stretch and I didn't enjoy one game because of the problem we had off the field. It's not fun to come to work for anybody that way."

The two team leaders spoke at the end of the season and both declared the friendship to be patched up -- by October, Guillen was openly campaigning for a vote of confidence as manager -- but the mentor later revised his thoughts, speculating the he felt the relationship was much better, but would never be the same.

"I'm not saying the relationship wasn't working, but to make it the way it was, that's what I was looking for," Guillen said. "The problems were not on the field, they were personal."

Last week, in advance of Chicago's inking of slugger Adam Dunn, Guillen asked Williams out to dinner and the two spent upwards of four hours talking out their problems. To Guillen, that alone was a massive sign of respect he was showing his boss.

"When I have dinner with someone, that means something: It means I respect you and want to hear what you are going to say," Guillen said. "I want you to hear me and what I'm going to say ... and the conversation was great."

Recounting the discussion, its results brought a palpable look of relief to Guillen's face as he spoke to team beat writers.

"Everything is moving forward. We talked about the team and what we want to do," Guillen said. "But personally, we talked like grown-up people. The relationship we had in the past, the way we talked and communicated, it had to come back. We have to grow up and move on, make sure all the hatchets are buried and we don't burn bridges. It's not healthy. It's not good for the ballclub. It's not good for anyone.

"I promise Jerry Reinsdorf and Williams, I will do my part and do the best I can to make this work ... it will work out. It can't be the same situation. No way -- no way it will be the same."

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute White Sox information.

White Sox Minor League Report: Micker Adolfo tapping into power potential

White Sox Minor League Report: Micker Adolfo tapping into power potential

As part of a weekly series, presented by Ozinga, CSNChicago.com will highlight the top performances of several prospects in a weekly minor league report.

White Sox Blueprint Player of the Week: Micker Adolfo (OF), Kannapolis Intimidators

The White Sox are finally seeing the player they envisioned when they signed the No. 2 ranked international prospect in 2013.

As he still grows into his 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame, Micker Adolfo has put his power potential on display in Kannapolis this season.

Adolfo has been on a tear throughout his last 10 games as he's hit .368 to go along with three home runs, seven RBI and four walks. 

On the season, Adolfo is slashing .286/.347/.493 and has already set career-highs in several categories, including home runs (8), RBI (35), hits (65), doubles (21) and runs (37).

Charlotte Knights

It looks like that nagging thumb injury is finally behind MLB's No. 1 prospect.

In his last 10 games at Charlotte, Moncada is batting .282 with a home run, six RBI and a stolen base. Moncada has also shown an impressive eye at the plate during that span, as he had a 12/11 BB/K ratio.

Birmingham Barons

It's spelled trouble for opposing hitters when Jordan Stephens has been on the mound in 2017.

The Texas-native has started three games since coming off the DL and carries an 0.98 ERA with 15 strikeouts in 18.1 innings pitched.

Stephens is currently MLB Pipeline's No. 14 White Sox prospect.

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Winston-Salem Dash

After a slow start following a promotion to Winston-Salem, the forgotten piece from the Washington Nationals in the Adam Eaton trade has been on a tear.

In three June starts, Dane Dunning has allowed just three earned runs on 13 hits and has 23 strikeouts in 17.2 innings pitched.

DSL White Sox

Although he hasn't homered since his first game in the Dominican Summer League, Cuban outfielder Luis Robert has shown tremendous discipline in the batter's box. 

Robert has averaged one walk per game and has a .258 batting average in 10 games. He's also added four stolen bases on the season.

Great Falls Voyagers

A pair of players from the White Sox 2016 draft class have gotten off to hot starts in the Rookie League.

Anthony Villa, a 19th rounder out of St. Mary's, has a robust 1.777 OPS in his first four games and has belted two home runs and six RBI.

Infielder Luis Curbello, a sixth-round selection out of Cocoa High School in Florida, has a .429/.529/.714 slash line with a home run and two RBI.

Mark Buehrle confirms 'that' rumor from Game 3 of the 2005 World Series

Mark Buehrle confirms 'that' rumor from Game 3 of the 2005 World Series

A few years ago, White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said on CSN's SportsTalk Live that Mark Buehrle had a beer -- or a few beers -- before saving Game 3 of the 2005 World Series. Cooper, with a bit of a grin, told David Kaplan that "there's no telling how many beers he had before that save."

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Buehrle, in a story for the Players' Tribune, cleared that up:

The thing a lot of people talk about with that one is this rumor that I drank a few beers before I got the save in our Game 3 victory.

There’s been some stuff that’s come out on that topic, but I feel like you all should really hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. So, here goes….

In short: Yeah, sure, O.K. fine, so I had a few. I can admit to that.

Buehrle explained in his first-person article that he only had three beers, max, which wasn't unusual given he had just started the second game of the series against the Houston Astros. More from Buehrle:

First off, no one on the planet would’ve ever guessed that I was going to see the field in Game 3. I had started the previous game of the series and threw 100 pitches in that one. I would’ve bet my house that I wasn’t going to pitch a day and a half later. Anyone would have.

So, that being the case, you better believe that I was gonna do what came natural to me — grab a few beers during the early innings, kick back and enjoy the game like everyone else.

How can you blame him? Cooper told him there was no way the White Sox would be using him that night in Houston unless the game went to 13 or 14 innings. Every time Buehrle went for another cold one, he checked in with his coaches -- hey, you still don't need me, right? 

Of course, the White Sox unexpectedly needed Buehrle after Brad Ausmus reached on an error on what was Damaso Marte's 39th pitch of the game. With the winning run at the plate and Marte over his season high in pitches (35) the call went to Buehrle. 

Buehrle retired Adam Everett to end the game, recording the only save of his career. That he had a few beers earlier that night only added No. 56's legendary status on the South Side. 

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