A Boring Sunday in Tucson
Sunday, February 26, 2006, 1:30 pm
Parting Shots, Part Two
Former White Sox star Frank Thomas sat down and spoke with Phil Arvia of the Daily Southtown for an interview published today. While there doesn’t appear to be anything overly new among Frank’s comments, they did touch a few nerves in White Sox camp today, including those of general manager Ken Williams. You certainly will read Kenny’s response in the newspapers on Monday, but they amounted to … "Idiot. How can he make those comments after all the White Sox organization and Jerry Reinsdorf have done for him over the past 15 years … he needs to worry about the Oakland Athletics."
As you can imagine (at least those of you who know him fairly well), nothing I can print here will match the intensity with which Kenny spoke. You had to be here to see it.
Ozzie Guillen and several others spent the rest of the day egging Kenny on and giving him a hard time.
"Maybe you just need to say ‘No comment’ more often," Guillen said joking. Of course, Kenny had said the same thing to Ozzie about his ARod comments from earlier this month.
For the record, we never advise players or staff to say "no comment" because people generally assume you are guilty. You always should comment in some manner or form.
By noontime, the Thomas/Williams fireworks were over and the biggest bang in camp came from a television crew from Total Nonstop Action.
In camp to film a followup to A.J. Pierzynski and Dale Torborg’s (aka Demon) winter pro wrestling appearance, today’s skit featured Simon Diamond appearing at White Sox camp to challenge the two to the legitimacy of their title belt.
Ozzie Guillen plays a key role in the skit, and the White Sox manager was a bit concerned about hurting someone (or himself) in the role. Many Sox players, media and staff watched and cheered the taping, which will air on TNA in coming weeks.
"That’s the most solid contact Ozzie ever made," said hitting coach Greg Walker.
I can’t give away too many details, but the episode is funny, as was Guillen’s reaction.
My bad. I failed to list our pitchers for Thursday’s split squad game at Colorado … in order, our pitching will be: Vazquez, Redding, Jenks, Randolph, Almanza, Tracey and Montero.
To avoid bothering players during the season, our Community Relations staff brings down hundereds of photos, jerseys, baseballs and bats for our players to sign during spring training. Guys sit in our lunch room and sign following their workouts. These items are used throughout the year as donations to Chicagoland charities and great causes. We truly appreciate the players’ willingness to contribute in this way.