Kenny Williams speaks out on Ozzie

732180.png

Kenny Williams speaks out on Ozzie

On this date seven years ago, the White Sox beat the Houston Astros to claim the 2005 World Series. At the time, Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen were heroes in Chicago, as well as close friends.

How things have changed for both men, even in the last week.

Williams has relinquished his role as White Sox general manager, named the teams executive vice-president on Friday. Guillen, meanwhile, is out of a job after one miserable season with the Miami Marlins in which they finished in last place.

Since their well-publicized, bitter divorce last year, Williams and Guillen have kept their public comments about each other to a minimum. However, Friday, Williams opened up about their relationship, expressing sympathy about Ozzie getting fired.

He was my friend, a very dear friend at one point in time, Williams told Comcast SportsNet. Some of the things that have been said have hurt me, Ill be honest with you, because I didnt feel like it was warranted. For me personally, its water under the bridge. You move on. Its unfortunate what happened down in Florida.

Before the two had their falling out, Williams and Guillen shared incredible memories from their times with the White Sox. Williams says he is choosing to recall those times, as opposed to the ugly battle the two waged against each other in the media, in the clubhouse, on Twitter, etc.

Well yeah, we do have a history, Williams said. You can have bitterness about the way it ended, about the road we had to travel ultimately to where it ended, or you can say regardless of what's been said or insinuated or whatever, I'm going to choose to remember the positive -- when we first hired him and the energy he brought, and the passion, and all the things that made Ozzie Ozzie.

"So I'll choose to go that route before focusing on some things that I still don't believe werent entirely manipulated anyway.

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base

LOS ANGELES – The Cubs drafted and developed Ian Happ with the idea of turning him into a Ben Zobrist-type player who would move quickly through the farm system and surface as a versatile big-league contributor and/or legitimate trade chip.

With Zobrist sidelined because of a sore left wrist, the Cubs got their first look at Happ playing second base in The Show during Saturday’s 5-0 loss at Dodger Stadium. That kind of depth – plugging in a 2015 first-round pick while a World Series MVP rests – should ultimately propel the Cubs over the course of a 162-game season.

Even as the Cubs stutter-step through a 25-23 start, there are enough choices for the best defensive second baseman on the team and a National League Championship Series co-MVP (Javier Baez) to sit on the bench.

“We know that the talent’s there,” Zobrist said. “It’s not like having any one or two guys out of the lineup is a big drop-off for us because of the talent that’s there. And we know that just because we have a lot of young players doesn’t mean that they’re not extremely capable of doing the job as well.”

Zobrist – who’s reached base in 23 straight games and emerged as a new leadoff option with Kyle Schwarber struggling – felt something on an awkward swing in the first inning of Friday’s 4-0 loss to the Dodgers. Zobrist played through it that night and called it a “day-to-day thing” that didn’t require an MRI.

[MORE: Is Joe Maddon turning Kyle Schwarber into a platoon player?

Facing Clayton Kershaw on Sunday after back-to-back shutouts will be a game-time decision.

“It’s tough,” Zobrist said. “We just haven’t strung together enough quality at-bats to score runs the last two games. It’s not just because of us. They’ve pitched well. Their pitchers are pretty hot right now. They’ve spotted up. They’ve gotten early strikes where they needed to and then gone to work pretty well on us.

“The task doesn’t get any easier tomorrow with Kershaw. We just got to keep trying to chip away.”

Morning Update: White Sox officially announce signing of Luis Robert, split doubleheader

Morning Update: White Sox officially announce signing of Luis Robert, split doubleheader

Here are the top Chicago sports stories from Saturday: 

Preview: Cubs look to avoid getting swept by Dodgers today on CSN

Preview: Knights look to bounce back tonight on CSN

White Sox courting of Luis Robert leads to 'Christmas in May'

Cubs blanked again by Dodgers

Tyler Danish gets win in first big league start as White Sox beat Tigers in first game of doubleheader

After getting shut down by Buck Farmer, White Sox ninth-inning rally falls short

Scott Boras fires back at Jake Arrieta’s critics and makes another Max Scherzer comparison

Blackhawks sign defenseman Michal Kempny to extension

Luis Robert will start journey through White Sox organization in Dominican Summer League

With Ben Zobrist sidelined by sore wrist, Cubs move Ian Happ to second base