Poetry in Pros: Guillen sleeping like a baby

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Poetry in Pros: Guillen sleeping like a baby

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Posted: 3:16 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

Mere hours after frustratingly suggesting that he blow the ballpark up rather than send out another pitcher to blow a save, White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was eager to see how his team would respond to Fridays disheartening turn of events.

Good teams turn the page, Guillen said. I want to see how they show up today. Well see how good we are, how were going to show up today and keep fighting.

Despite his tempestuous reputation, the manager normally does a good job of keeping devastating defeats in perspectivebut last nights loss stuck with him for a bit.

There arent too many games I cant sleep, Guillen said. I promised my wife, Listen, Im not going to drink too much anymore. The season just started. So I had one drink. Losses are part of the game.

Undoubtedly Guillen was happy to know that closer Matt Thornton, who has blown both of his save opportunities this season, was keeping his head up and not planning on changing anything in his approach. But it didnt keep the jefe from cracking a joke at his embattled relievers expense.

Noooooooooooooo! Guillen exclaimed when told that Thornton would keep doing what hes always done. Please dont do the same thing! Matt, Matt, are you kidding me? Dont, dont!

Guillen basked in the chuckles, then buckled down for some real talk.

When the kid Kila Ka'aihue hit the base hit to left field to tie the game vs. Thornton on Wednesday in Kansas City, thats a bad pitchwhen you pound him in all night, and all of the sudden you go away and he just puts the bat on it for a base hit, Guillen said. Last night, the only ball I remember they hit hard off Thornton was the home run. Blooper, blooper, and we should have made a couple of plays in the field. Its not like people think, Wow, look he blew the game. He pitched good enough to not lose. The most important ball went out of the ballpark but besides that, we made five outs instead of three. Thats why I say, defense is very important in baseball. Youre not winning without defense, and last night we saw that. Did he pitch bad? No. Did he pitch good enough to lose? Yes, because he had a couple bloopersbut thats part of the game.

All the more reason for strength from the man in the big chair.

If Im going to come here with my down, Look what happened last night look, Im going to suck all my team in, Guillen said. No. Instead my attitude should be Hey, are we ready to fight today? If we lose today, we have to be ready to fight tomorrow. If we lose while fighting, I can sleep with that, I can live with that.

So, how did Ozzie sleep last night?

I slept like a baby: I woke up every two hours and started crying.

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

Chris Sale: Trade from White Sox 'bittersweet,' ready to move on with Red Sox

Chris Sale: Trade from White Sox 'bittersweet,' ready to move on with Red Sox

There’s no question he’s excited about the chance to pitch for a perennial playoff team in front of Fenway Park crowds deep into October.

But Chris Sale described the trade that sent him from the White Sox to the Boston Red Sox as bittersweet on Wednesday morning. On his way out of town, Sale, who was traded Tuesday for four minor leaguers, including two elite prospects, credited the White Sox for their support and belief in him from the outset of his career. But while he wishes he could have won a title on the South Side, Sale also said he’s ready to move on.

“It’s exciting for all the reasons I already said,” Sale said. “It’s tough. You build a relationship with these guys and they are like family. Everybody over there is being in your family. You are around these guys probably even more during the year than you are around your family. It’s tough. But knowing what lies ahead makes it a little bit easier for that transition.

“It didn’t work out. I really wish it did. I have nothing but really good things to take from that and I appreciate my time with the White Sox. But I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”

After several years of hearing trade speculation, the five-time All-Star said he started to sense the possibility was real a few weeks ago after a conversation with his agent. The chatter began to increase with the start of the Winter Meetings this week and Sale said he was inundated with texts from friends and family in anticipation of where he could be headed. When he learned it was the Red Sox, Sale said was ecstatic to learn he’d be playing for one of the “greatest baseball franchises ever.”

“It’s kind of like being monkey in the middle, you’re just glad when you finally get the ball,” Sale said. “It’s hectic. There’s a lot of speculation. There’s story after story and obviously getting flood with text messages from family and friends. Just to have the whole process out the way and to get back to normalcy will be nice.”

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Many of those messages came from former White Sox teammates. Sale said he and his wife, who is soon due with their second child, spent much of Tuesday looking at old pictures and nostalgia from his White Sox tenure. Though he’s disappointed by the lack of team success with the White Sox, Sale said the team’s support was a critical element to his success.

The White Sox drafted Sale with the 13th overall pick in 2010 and he reached the majors later that season. Though he spent the first two seasons in the bullpen, the team’s plan all along was to make Sale a starting pitcher, something others weren’t certain he could handle. Sale has been an All-Star and also finished in the top six in the Cy Young Award vote in each of the five seasons since he became a starter.

“It didn’t work out the way we wanted it to in Chicago, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t a lot of great moments,” Sale said. “I had a very good conversation with Rick (Hahn) yesterday.

“I was in a situation in 2010, how many teams would have done what they did? It’s hard to say now, but probably not very many. They drafted me in the first round when people had questions. They brought me up to the big leagues really fast and people probably had questions. They threw in the rotation and people clearly had questions.

“They were really, they had my back a lot and they gave me opportunities that not a lot of other people would have given me. I’m very thankful for that.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Breaking down the Chris Sale trade

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Breaking down the Chris Sale trade

On the latest episode of the White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien and Dan Hayes break down the White Sox trade of Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox.

Plus, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe provides some insight on what exactly the White Sox got in return for their former ace.

And Rick Hahn talks about just how difficult it was to pull the trigger and trade elite, homegrown talent.

Listen to the latest episode below: