Ozzie: Working it for the media

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We won't know about the White Sox until Monday's season opener, but manager Ozzie Guillen returned in midseason form when his team worked out at White Sox Park Sunday. In spite of the Sox' major-league-worst 10-22 record in exhibitions this spring, Guillen maintained he didn't call the workout for the players -- "My guys don't need this," he said -- but for the media, "the great Chicago media." As usual, Guillen was playing, clowning, giving the reporters, beat writers, and odd columnists what they wanted, while insulting them as they all huddled in the dugout while the players on the field dodged fast-moving showers during batting practice. "Wait," responded Cheryl Raye-Stout of WBEZ 91.5-FM, rising to the bait, "even your son is in the media now," referring to Ozzie Jr., who has a show on WSCR 670-AM. "And he's an asshole too," Guillen said. Everyone laughed. Guillen has done a great job drawing the attention to himself while letting his players work their way into shape this spring, but when the games start in earnest Monday they'd better hit the ground running and leave their spring lethargy behind, else the laughs all around will be harder to come by.

 

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