Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Ozzie Guillen’s Pregame Comments
Q: How badly do you guys need a sweep?
Ozzie: “We don’t need a sweep, we need to win the first game. I’m not going to sit here and say we need a sweep or we need to win the series, hopefully we do, but we’ll see what happens. A sweep of Minnesota is not easy. Sweeping a big league team is not easy. We’re going to go out there, play hard, play the best we can and see what happens.”
Q: Is Jenks available?
Ozzie: “No. I don’t know where he is right now or how he feels. He’s got to throw in the bullpen and after that we’ll decide what we’re going to do with him.”
Q: Have you pitched to Cuddyer the way you have wanted to this season considering the way he is hitting and the numbers he is putting up?
Ozzie: “If we had thrown to Cuddyer the way we want, he wouldn’t be hitting .600 or whatever he is hitting against us. I think this guy swings the bat good against us over his career, not just this year. Hopefully we will figure it out for this series, he has been doing a lot of damage.”
Q: Do the close games offset the fact that the Twins have had your number in the last couple of years or so?
Ozzie: “We play good against them, they are just beating us. We have played good against them in the past. When we play against them we always compete very well and hopefully we will do that today.”
Q: They haven’t had the same problems that the White Sox have had against the Central division …
Ozzie: “Those guys are better than we are, that’s why they’re six games up. They play good, they have a good team. They play good all year long. Remember, we were 12 games behind and we were able to catch them. We had them, we just let them go. I don’t know why people don’t give them credit. They are playing good baseball and they don’t beat themselves. They throw strikes and they play great fundamental baseball. That’s why they are what they are. They don’t miss opportunities.”
Q: Are they good because of their talent or the way they play?
Ozzie: “Everything. They play fundamental. They don’t beat themselves. They execute very well. They don’t try and do more than they can. I think they are way, way underrated. They might have two or three big names but I think they know how to play the game.”
Q: Is this the best Twins team since you have been coaching?
Ozzie: “They are missing the big boy and they still produce. They are missing Morneau and all of the sudden they have Jimmy (Thome). Thome is helping them a lot. I think their left fielder is having a good year. Cuddyer is having a good year, they didn’t have a third baseman and they found Valencia. They are good and they go about their business the right way.”
Q: The event last night …
Ozzie: “It was good, it was good. I think it was great. It was the first step of what we want to do and I think it went great. Hopefully we will continue to do it. Hopefully I stay here long enough to continue to do it. It was a