In Chicago's 8-0 loss to Texas on Wednesday, young prospect Sean Tracey is called in to start the seventh inning in place of Vazquez. Tracey proceeds to get leadoff hitter Hank Blalock on a groundout.
But here comes the bizarre part:
Ozzie Guillen slams his water bottle to the ground, calls for Agustin Montero to come in and pitch, and then was seen barking at Tracey in the dugout. Tracey even pulled the collar of his jersey over his head to try to block out some of the "noise."
Guillen later explained to reporters that he wanted to get Montero up and ready to face Blalock, but couldn't get him ready in time. "It was a little late," he said. He also acknowledged it was his mistake. He said he didn't want Tracey in that situation.
You can read the entire account yourself at this link:
My question is - Who's fault is it that the next relief pitcher wasn't warmed up in time to face the next hitter? Tracey? Of course not - it was Guillen's fault.
Therefore, why is Guillen ripping Tracey in the dugout in front of all his teammates over a mistake Guillen himself admitted making?
Did Guillen want Tracey to waste some pitches and take his time so that Montero could come in? Is that why he was angry at Tracey?
I really don't get that at all. I think some day, Guillen's personality is going to blow up in the White Sox's face and become detrimental to the team. It hasn't yet, but with questionable outbursts like this, it makes you wonder when Guillen's fiery personality will become a negative and not a positive for the White Sox.
Maybe Guillen is just angry that the White Sox are not on top in the Central Division. :-)
Just my 2 cents. :-)
Take care and keep the "faith" for 2007!