August 30, 2009
“We have to win the series there (in Minnesota). There’s no doubt. If we lose this series, it’s going to be hard for us to get where we want to get. It’s going to be pretty tough, and hopefully those guys know about it.”
Where do we want to get to? Unprotected draft pick (16-30)? A quick look of the standings shows 12 teams with worse records than the Sox. Maybe we can pass the Brewers and the Cubs. That’s 14. We need one more.
“I’m pretty sure because the momentum of the ballclub, if we don’t win this series in Minnesota, I don’t think this ballclub is going to be as high as it can be.”
Be as high as you can? Talk to Freddy!
Cooper wouldn’t say whether Peavy, who threw only 68 pitches and 3 1/3 innings for Charlotte on Saturday, would need another rehab start. Nevertheless, the deliberate nature in which the Sox have mapped Peavy’s rehab from a right ankle injury suggests he will need another minor-league outing despite Guillen’s wish to have Peavy make his next start with the Sox.
Chances are you have never heard of Joe Serafin, a pitcher in the minors with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the low-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. But if Serafin ever makes it to the majors, his story has all of the makings of a Hollywood movie. Everyone always makes a big deal out of Mike Piazza being a 62nd-round draft pick. Today, the draft does not last that long; still the odds of someone making the majors after the first 10 rounds are slim. The White Sox picked Serafin on the 37th round this past June, the 1,123rd player taken overall. …
“I always calm down. I have to say what I have to say. I mean it. If anybody don’t like it, my office is open. If I say that, it’s for a reason. I’m not crazy, I’m not stupid. What’s the reason? Look at the record. We better [step it up] because if they want to win, they are the ones who have to perform. If they want to feel proud of themselves, they better step it up. I’m not saying I don’t believe in them; I don’t say we cannot win with this ballclub. I just say the way we are playing, if they think they are playing good, they just have to get a tape and watch the way they are playing. That’s what they have to do, because I watch it and I don’t think it’s good. They know me. I’m always going to say the way it is. Some people have some guts, some people don’t; some people say maybe it’s Ozzie being Ozzie. My honesty takes me to a lot of problems, but nobody is going to change me. And I will keep my head up, because I know I was telling the truth. A lot of guys out there [have] played for me a lot of years, and they know I’m not a hypocrite. They know that I love them from the bottom of my heart, and I will fight for them every minute. But I have a job to do.”