Lou Piniella didn’t approve of the low attendance at the Sox game against the Dodgers. Take it away Ozzie:
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was asked why attendance was so low at the Sox-Dodgers series, and said: “Because our fans are not stupid like Cubs fans. They know we’re (expletive).”
Guillen said Cubs fans will go watch any game at Wrigley Field because “Wrigley Field is just a bar.”
Terre Haute Tribune Star:
Phegley signed a contract Thursday in Chicago, with the deal including a signing bonus of $858,600 plus $30,000 to be used for college, according to his father John.
After spending the night in Chicago on Thursday, Josh passed his physical on Friday. During their trip, both Josh and his father were given a tour of U.S. Cellular Field, which included meeting White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
On Friday, a judge approved the opening of a strip club “within a home run’s distance” of Seattle’s baseball stadium, an asset that might have kept Alex Rodriguez from bolting to Texas all those years ago.
Credit to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer’s Levi Pulkkinen for the post’s title.
Josh Phegley was one of six selections the team announced it had come to terms with from the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Right-handed pitchers Matthew Heidenreich (fourth round), Kyle Bellamy (fifth round) and Jimmy Ballinger (11th round) joined Phegley, the 38th overall pick from Indiana University, infielder Jared McDonald (21st round) and first baseman Leighton Pangilinan (40th round) on that list. … Of the six picks, Phegley is the only one targeted for Class-A Kannapolis. The other five will begin at Advanced Rookie Bristol.
BTW, Mark Gonzales reported that “Jared Mitchell, the White Sox’s first pick in the June amateur draft, is expected to agree to terms soon.”
FutureSox speculates on the possible moves Phegley’s assignment will cause.
Ozzie Guillen on whether he will keep Clayton Richard on the starting rotation:
”I’ll go for it,” Guillen said. ”This kid is our future. Hopefully we’ll build something for this year and for the future. We cannot forget how we do stuff here. We did it with a couple of pitchers, and I’m willing to do it with him. Be patient. It’s not going to be a nice one. It’s going to be a headache every day? So what? I’ll take that headache. I will take that responsibility to help him be what he should be.”
Mark Gonzales’ twitters:
Interesting sights: Gordon Beckham working on fielding to his right, Carlos Quentin preparing for another round of agility drills.
Beckham’s at 3B in today’s lineup.