Sunday, February 15, 2009
Sorry, sorry, sorry. So sorry it has taken me this loooonng to finally post again. There were several times this offseason when I thought, “I need to blog,” but time pressures always seemed in the way. I hope I haven’t lost too many readers over the winter, and beginning today, I will start to rev the engines again to provide you one person’s inside look at the 2009 White Sox.
Our new complex in Glendale, Ariz. opened today to rave reviews from staff and players. Brand new look, new car smell and construction workers everywhere. Things are definitely still “under construction,” but you can see how amazing this place will be by March 1.
“Unbelievable,” Ozzie Guillen said in describing the complex. “Spoiled. So nice to come here and work every day.”
Guillen offered an array of thoughts and opinions as he met with the Chicago media following the first workout.
On the Sox being projected for last place in the AL Central by Baseball Prospectus:
“We have a good enough ballclub not to finish last,” he said with a sly smile. “If we finish fourth, I might ask for a raise!
“It’s another year to prove people wrong. I love that.”
On the first day of spring:
“I love my job. There’s nothing like spring training.”
Jose Contreras, or at least what’s left of Jose Contreras, was the talk of camp today. The right-hander looks great, having dropped a lot of weight and worked hard this offseason. Ozzie cautioned patience with Contreras in terms of returning too quickly to the mound after the Achilles injury, saying, “we will let him set the schedule.”
On the weight loss:
“Jose always came to spring training in shape. It was the end of spring training when he was out of shape.”