Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Nick Swisher’s two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning helped the White Sox to a 7-6 victory Tuesday over the Angels.
"That’s what we brought him here for," said Ozzie Guillen, who noted that only a fluke kept Swisher in the game for all nine innings. "It was a great deicison by the manager," smirked Guillen.
"On the field, off the field, that’s what we need," Guillen said. "He doesn’t like to lose."
Paul Konerko went 3-3, Swisher 2-4 with three RBI and A.J. Pierzynski added a bases-loaded double.
"Every time the lineup is out there, we’re a pretty exciting team," said Guillen about the Sox, who improved to 4-4 on the spring.
Jose Contreras started for the Sox and was impressive over his 3.0 IP.
"Best he’s thrown in a while," said Guillen. "He’s more aggressive. We told him to be aggressive and see what happens. The ball was coming out of his hand really well today.
"Last year, I think he lost confidence and velocity," said the manager. "Pitching is about throwing strikes, hitting your spots and throwing the big pitch. He didn’t do that last year, but I knew he had too much pride to let that happen again."
To Javier Vazquez and his wife on the birth today of a little girl (name TBD).
Vazquez left camp to join his growing family in Puerto Rico.
"I hope Javy doesn’t have the same doctors Uribe had," said Guillen. "When Uribe’s wife had a kid, he was gone so long the kid was two years old before he got back."
NIU Athletic Director Jim Phillips visited camp today to thank Ken Williams, Ozzie and the Sox for the support the organization showed for the DeKalb school during its recent tragedy.
Phillips delivered NIU gift bags to Williams and Guillen.
Enough abuse about the bad photos of me …
"Did you do something to make the photographer mad at you?"
"Honey, you look really fat."
"Really, as a friend, I need to tell you these don’t look good. I’d hope you do the same for me."
"You’re a Vice President of the White Sox and you have that photo on-line?"
"Dad, that photo on your blog … it’s really bad." (then laughter)