Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen on Sunday reiterated his claim, first made during the Division Series, that he might walk away from his job if the White Sox win the World Series.
"I'm not saying I'm going to leave," Guillen said before Game 5 of the American League Championship Series. "I'm just saying I have the balance to make that choice. . . . I love [managing]. Don't get me wrong. I would just have to sit down and think about it."
When Guillen, who is in his second year as a manager, made similar comments during the White Sox' sweep of the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the playoffs, team owner Jerry Reinsdorf expressed skepticism, saying he didn't think Guillen was being serious.
Reminded Sunday of his employer's comments, Guillen said flatly, "Jerry's wrong."
Guillen said his decision, essentially, would come down to a choice of lifestyles: "Do I want to be with my family for the rest of my life?" he said. "Or be with my players?"
After a pause, for comedic effect, he added, "I'd rather be with my players."
After his hitters wallowed through the first four games of playoffs, there was no way Angels Manager Mike Scioscia could keep running the same lineup onto the field for Game 5.
So yesterday he pulled center fielder Steve Finley, moving left fielder Garret Anderson to center and sticking Juan Rivera in his place in left. That way, he said, he could get both Rivera and Casey Kotchman in the lineup at the same time. For a team built on veteran players it seemed a strange move to pin hopes on two young players who were not regulars. But this is what Scioscia had left.
"I don't know if it's going to spark us or not," he said. "But it's going to take some pressure off some guys in the middle where they haven't swung. It gives us a little deeper lineup."
Student Turns on Teacher
Scioscia laughed the other day at the irony of the player who keeps beating him. Paul Konerko, the White Sox' slugging first baseman, was once a pupil of Scioscia's when the player was a young catcher in the Dodgers organization and Scioscia was the team's minor league catching instructor. Scioscia watched Konerko's technique, noted that the big league position was manned by Mike Piazza and suggested Konerko become a first baseman.
Years later, after watching home run after home run fly out of Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Konerko has made a genius out of his old coach.
"I'm kind of kicking myself a little bit," Scioscia said. "If I kept him as a catcher he'd be in Triple-A right now instead of swinging the bat like he is against us."