May 28, 2008
Looks like these are fun times in the White Sox clubhouse. Despite a two-game lead in the dreary AL Central, the Pale Hose can only watch as a public feud develops between their manager and their shortstop and a disagreement between a reliever and a strength coach almost turns into a dugout fistfight in front of the media.
And that was all just before Tuesday's 8-2 loss to Cleveland.
According to reports, shortstop Orlando Cabrera is upset with manager Ozzie Guillen (both pictured right) over a perceived lack of support. The argument, Cabrera says, is rooted in the fact that Guillen publicly frowned upon two calls that Cabrera made to the official scorer earlier in the season after fielding errors were assigned to him.
"If it happens again, I will call again. I don't have to do it with other teams because they always had my back. They don't want to do it here, I can take care of my own business. If you have a problem with what I did, come to me and say something. Don't go to the media to send a message, because he didn't send any message."
'I'm not paid to be their baby sitter. It's like having 25 guys in a cage. You can only do so much. They're grown men and if something is going to happen, then I'll put my nose in it. If not, then my coaches and staff have to handle it the best they can because I'm not that good to have my eyes everywhere. That's the way we do stuff here.''
As Guillen was saying this to the media, reliever Octavio Dotel and strength coach Allen Thomas got into a heated verbal altercation and had to be separated by two other coaches.
Yes, good times all around with the silver and black.
Says general manager Kenny Williams:
"All I know is I want exclusive rights to all networks that are [in Cleveland] filming this soap opera so I can make it into a reality show."
The BLS take: Things are never going to be dull when Guillen is your manager and a certain degree of drama is always going to be present with him at the helm. Yet it seems that Cabrera, one of the team's top offseason acquisitions, is more concerned with his fielding stats than his performance at the plate (.246/.304/.329). With other real problems that include Paul Konerko and Jim Thome's hitting struggles and Mark Buehrle's inability to find the same kind of consistency as the rest of the pitching staff, Cabrera should know better than to distract the easily-distracted Guillen with something so trivial.
But since Cabrera will be a free agent at the end of the year, perhaps that type of call to the pressbox to fix a stat line behavior should be expected (if definitely not his return to the South Side.)
Also, after all this, it makes me wonder: Perhaps Edgar Renteria had a point?