THE IRRESTIBLE FORCE MEETS THE UNWALKABLE OBJECT
“I might lose some respect from the players. People believe in Juan. They know he’s our leader. I’m not afraid to bench a guy that’s not producing, as long as I have something else better or equal. But I think he plays the game right. He works. A lot of people look up to him. Our players love him.”
-White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on why he does not plan to bench outfielder Juan Pierre.
“I will not and have not put one player on this team that the coaches and Ozzie haven’t had input in and haven’t discussed because they know—and I know this better and mostly because I’ve been in this dugout—they know the pulse. They know whether there’s cohesiveness, lack of cohesiveness, fight or non-fight.”
-White Sox general manager Kenny Williams.
“I always say it’s about winning; I don’t care about feelings. But you have to be careful. You have to be careful how you treat your players, how your players are going to respond. If I do that to Juan, well, I never did it to anybody else. A lot of people have struggled, and I say, ‘I’m not going to bench you.’”
“Joey just talked to Viciedo yesterday and I say someone tell Viciedo I don’t hate him because I don’t have space for him here.”
-Guillen on bench coach Joey Cora’s discussion with Triple-A IF/OF Dayan Viciedo.
“I wish I had 25 Juan Pierres, with all due respect to Konerko, Rios, Dunn. If you ever manage Juan Pierre, you appreciate the way this kid goes about his business. Maybe he’ll be 0-for-100 in the next 20 games. I don’t care. He’s playing.”
“I appreciate Ozzie saying he has my back, but I’ve been benched before, I’ve been booed, I’ve batted ninth, I’ve dropped balls—I’ve done all this stuff in my career. So this stuff doesn’t shake me when I do get the boos or the media talk bad about me. I’m used to it.”
-Juan Pierre. (Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sun-Times)