Tuesday, June 3, 2008
OC, SS; AJ, C; Q, LF; PK, 1B; Thome, DH; Dye, RF; Swish, CF; Crede, 3B; Ramirez, 2B. Floyd pitching.
Many observors seemed to arrive at the ballpark this afternoon expecting fireworks that never materialized.
Ozzie Guillen and KW got together (they meet every day before games when both are in town) and discussed the road trip and Ozzie’s postgame comments from Sunday.
It was, Guillen said, an uncomfortable conversation with KW because he was afraid Williams had taken his comments personally, not the way he had intended when he spoke after the frustrating loss. Guillen stressed that he and KW did not have a problem with their partnership or friendship.
Guillen’s postgame comments came out of his frustration with the end of a road trip that saw the club drop three of four games to Tampa Bay, all three winnable.
“If people expect me to have a happy face,” Guillen said, “then they have the wrong guy.
“I’m the No. 1 fan of the White Sox. It hurts when you lose. Right now, we’re on top, but I want us to get better. We should be better, especially the way we’ve pitched.
“I need to push us hard — in a positive way — to make my team better.
“I still believe we’ve got a lot of talent on this team. The people we have here, they’re going to hit. I know we have the material here. They’re my friends. When they struggle, I suffer. If we start hitting, my life is going to be easier, believe me.”