For Guillen, the hot seat is a permanent chair. All kinds of possibilities here, from Ozzie’s Twitter account to the MLB Network reality show that will star Guillen, G.M. Ken Williams and owner Jerry Reinsdorf (more drama equals better ratings, right?). This is Ozzie’s seventh season. He is signed through 2012. But he is always one sound bite away from trouble. Williams gave him the kind of team he wanted — faster, more athletic, better equipped to play little ball. If the Sox flop, Guillen easily could be held responsible. Odds of a midseason change: 10-to-1.
March 25, 2010
The latest in performance-enhancing drugs sits in Jake Peavy’s locker. It comes in individual packets. He ingests it when he feels a lull. It could very easily be called the new greenie.And he takes his with a dollop of honey, thank you.
“Green chai tea,” Peavy said. “It’s not an Alabama thing.”
If Peavy’s friends back in his hometown of Mobile knew a tall, smiling, half-full, plastic honey bear stood in the locker of the former National League Cy Young winner, they would never relent. He’d be known as Winnie the Peav, or Jake Teavy, or Chai-Town Jake, or something else that highlights the incongruence of a good Southern boy partaking in such a bourgeois Yankee drink.
“The cool nights in Chicago, I’ll sit on a bench and sip a chai tea,” Peavy said. “It’s good for you. It actually gives you some energy. Chai tea speeds up your metabolism.” …
FutureSox notes from Buddy Bell’s conference call:
- On Dayan Viciedo: “He has such great hands. He can sit back and drive the ball the other way.” However, he said Dayan gets opposite field happy and gets anxious. They are trying to get him to stay behind the ball more because he is so quick.
- David Holmberg looks real good. He has great instincts for his age, but they will be slower with him this year because there are older guys they need to see at a higher level. He has big upside. The coaches don’t have to tell him twice what to do.
Buddy Bell mentions correcting Tyler Flowers’ swing like Kenny Williams.
He also touches on Gregory Infante, Dan Remenowsky, C.J. Retherford, Jordan Danks, John Shelby, Kyle Bellamy.
The White Sox on Thursday signed right-handed pitcher Scott Elarton to a minor-league contract.
Andruw Jones will make a rare start in left field as the Sox look at more ways to increase his versatility. Mark Kotsay also will start at first as Paul Konerko and Gordon Beckham will get a break before the Sox’s two-day trip to Tucson.