Friday In The Seventh
Friday, June 23, 2006, 10 pm
A Few PreGame Sights
Ozzie Guillen mimicking the footrace last night between Head Trainer Herm Schneider and third base coach Joey Cora as the two ran back toward the dugout after making sure Jermaine Dye was OK after sliding into the wall in right field.
"What a race," he laughed.
GM Kenny Williams congratulated Dye on his dramatic catch ( 350K) but then tucked his head down and weakly held up his left hand just as Dye did last night to prove to the umpire he had held onto the ball.
I told Ozzie and Joey that some of the best postgame quotes of the past two years came courtesy of Cora last night (I’m thinking his comment about Garcia and Thome’s blast).
"Yeah, that’s the easiest part, talking afterwards," said Guillen, who pointed out to Cora this was the first time the team had ever won while he was absent. "Ask him about managing a 1-0 game."
Cora just laughed.
During the Game
Does Detroit ever lose?
Thanks to those readers who replied to kolsens comments on my earlier blog, but it’s really no big deal, and kolsens is certainly entitled to an opinion. If you look back at my post, I mentioned Rick Telander’s column as "well done." That doesn’t necessarily mean he agrees with me or vice versa. I do give Rick credit for coming out and actually talking to us. That scores big points in our book.
I understand how sensitive this entire issue has been to people, and I respect that a great deal. Believe me, I have read enough email messages from fans over the last three days to know how strongly people feel about the issue. It is up to Ozzie (and the Sox) to move past this incident, and I think he understands that.
We’ve (Ozzie and I) talked about it together many times over the past few days … in his office, in my office, in Rick Hahn’s office and in Jerry Reinsdorf’s office.
And while I am thinking of kolsens, I believe a couple of spots still remain for our blog outing on August 16. We certainly can accept criticism, and we have a great deal of respect for people (and critics) who actually show up here at the ballpark, so kolsens, feel free to call Dustin at 312-674-5186 and join us. I will be happy to buy you a beverage of your choice at the ballgame that night.