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Odds and Ends: White Sox World Series Ring goes for $28k

It’s kind of sad when someone has to sell their World Series ring but hey, thanks to ebay, you can get $28,100 for a ring appraised at $7,950. The ring was put on sale by Tommy Thompson, the catchers coach from the 2005 team. It’s interesting that a Red Sox 2004 World Series ring went for $35,000 last week while a Florida Marlins 1997 World Series ring is unsold at $9,999 with two hours left in the auction. Talk about an indication of the loyalty and passion of the respective fan bases.

In other news…

[USA Today]: Hank Aaron sticks to his “screw Bonds” plans

[Sportsline]: Redskins have to apologize for Portis’ dog fighting is ok comments.

[Yahoo]: Golfer drives his car off a cliff and dies. Seriously.

[SI]: backup LSU QB suspended for trying to sneak into a casino with fake ID.

[Lion in Oil]: Ooops, I accidentally pulled down my shirt to expose more cleavage while pouring a beer on myself.

[Deseret News]: Football, wrestling top sports-injury list

[Parlayer]: VIDEO: Why Sports Reporters Should Carry Breathalizers At All Times

[Our Book of Scrap]: Rays rookie threatens to kill wife

[The Hater Nation]: Raiders Dedicate Season to the Executed

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What exactly is Ozzie Guillen’s problem?

We don’t ever remember hearing about Jim Leyland saying anything bad about anybody. And even though he manages the Detroit Tigers, what has he ever done to Ozzie Guillen except beat him out for a playoff spot last year? So it’s quite puzzling that Ozzie Guillen would launch an unprovoked attack on the Tigers manager. (Not surprising that Ozzie would talk out of his ass, suprising that it was directed towards Leyland.)

To me, Sparky Anderson was the greatest. He managed my favorite team, the Cincinnati Reds. But Sparky Anderson lose 100 (games) with the Tigers. (Anderson lost 100 games only once, in 1989 when the Tigers were 59-103.)

But everybody remember Sparky Anderson with the Big Red Machine. Jim Leyland. Jim Leyland quit with the Colorado Rockies. Can’t handle it no more. `I’m gone.’ Having money on the table. He said, `I don’t need the money. My health is more important than baseball.’ Is he a great baseball man? Awesome. Is he a great manager? Hell, no.

Ozzie is amusing sometimes because he gives sportswriters and bloggers something to write about. But we wish someone would open a can of STFU for him already. Actually, what would be better would be a Tigers-White Sox brawl and have 63 year old Leyland kick his ass.


[The Detroit News]: Chicago’s Guillen fires a salvo at Leyland

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The White Sox revenue generating genius

We usually roll our eyes when corporate greed takes over baseball (remember the Spiderman basepads?) but a new deal that the Chicago White Sox have inked with 7-11 stores is absolute genius. From now on, weeknight games at US Cellular Field will start at 7:11 so that “every time the media announces the game’s start time, it will be a gentle reminder of our sponsorship”. Pretty good. Pretty pretty good.

No details of the deal have been released but it is expected to be at least $500,000. Half a mil to push back a start time by 6 minutes? Whoever did this deal deserves a promotion.

Insert your own Portland Trailblazers 4:20 start time joke here.


[Catbird in the Nosebleed Seats]: The White Sox Thank Heaven For 7-Eleven
[Yahoo]: Later games in store for White Sox with 7:11 p.m. starts

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Odds and Ends (06.21.06): Ozzie Guillen calls Jay Mariotti a fag

Ozzie Guillen is a sports blogger’s dream. Yesterday, Ozzie called Jay Mariotti a “stupid idiot” and a fag. “What a piece of (expletive) he is, (expletive) fag.” Stealing a page from the Sammy Sosa language barrier book, Guillen explained his use of the term.

I don’t have anything against those people. In my country, you call someone something like that and it is not the same as it is in this country.

Nice try Ozzie, but last August, Ozzie jokingly yelled out at a friend during a press conference, “Hey, everybody, this guy’s a homosexual! He’s a child molester!”

In other news…

[SBS]: The San Jose A’s of Fremont?

[DOSE]: Obligatory article on terrible NHL ratings for Stanley Cup Finals

[Fox ports]: Northwestern women’s soccer coach resigns

[Some dutch site]: We can’t read it but plenty of pics of footballer’s wives and girlfriends

[Carson Palmer Blog]: Palmer says he’ll be “completely ready” for the 2006 season

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Odds and Ends 05.31.06: Make way for MVP Thome

A change of scenery has Jim Thome being talked about as a strong MVP candidate. Even Paul Konerko understands this is one of those magical seasons for a player. He is willing to step aside in interleague play so that Thome can play 1B and get his at-bats in.

There’s no way I’m going to sit this guy,” Guillen said of Thome, who leads the Sox with 20 home runs. “I already talked to Konerko about that, and he’s willing to do what I want him to do. That’s why I think it’s easy to manage this club. Nobody has an ego, and, obviously, when you’re playing interleague, you want to be in the lineup.

In other news…

[MSNBA]: Barry Bonds wants us to think he’s human after all

[Pioneer Press]: Kevin McHale is delusional

[USA Today]: Report clears Armstrong of doping in 1999 Tour de France

[Sportsline]: NCAA rule change allows coaches one replay challenge per game

[SignOnSanDiego]: Sauerbeck is sorry for getting arrested

[Mirror UK]: England’s March Madness — 15% plan “illness” during World Cup matches

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Freddy Garcia was robbed

Not in the way that Andre Igoudala wuz robbed, more like how Duce Staley was robbed. Freddy went to a restaurant in Miami last week and some thieves stole his escalade and along with it, $100,000 worth of jewelry. Note to athletes: just because you can afford $100k in jewelry doesn’t mean you should.

Police found the Escalade but it was completely destroyed. No word on whether Freddy cried like a little girl upon seeing his wrecked car or whether he’s going to go Jefferson in Fast Times and take it out on opposing players at the WBC.

[Daily Herald]: Thieves clean out Garcia

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Ozzie Guillen rips A-Rod and Nomar

I’m just keeping it real

Last year, Ozzie called a reporter a homosexual and a child molester. This year, he’s toned it down.

Alex was kissing Latino people’s asses. He knew he wasn’t going to play for the Dominicans; he’s not a Dominican! I hate hypocrites: He’s full of shit. The Dominican team doesn’t need his ass. It’s the same with Garciaparra playing for Mexico. Garciaparra only knows Cancun because he went to visit.

Ouch. Would McNabb call this brown on brown crime?

[NY Daily News]: Ozzie: A-Rod a phony

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Watch Out for Brain Dead Carribean Gay Child Molesters

It’s amazing how people in sports have no concept of what is right and wrong.  Either everyone is always misquoted or these idiots think they’re in a closed locker room even when they’re speaking in front of reporters.  Ozzie Guillen went from defending Caribbean players in one breath to disparaging gays in the next.  His comment on Larry Krueger, a San Francisco sportscaster who said he was sick of brain dead caribbean hitters was, “that’s just ignorant, man.” And then upon seeing (possibly a friend) shouted, “Hey, everybody, this guy’s a homosexual! He’s a child molester!”

T.O. says, “Hyprocrite”.