White Sox Hire Robin Ventura as Manager, More Shocking than Cubs Not Hiring Ryne Sandberg

As you’ve heard by now, the Chicago White Sox hired Robin Ventura as manager to replace Ozzie Guillen. In doing so they truly made a statement of what they are not; much more than what they are.

They went from a manager of loud, politically incorrect public statements to one who is as mild-mannered, and bland/vanilla as possible. They also showed that they are not the Chicago Cubs, who decided to retain Mike Quade, instead of hire Ryne Sandberg. Had the Cubs hired Sandberg it would have been exactly like what the Sox did today- hiring a fan favorite (read: one of the greatest Caucasian position player stars in a generation) to mollify the fan base.

A way to allay the dissenters among their own people.

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White Sox Adam Dunn: WORST. SEASON. EVER. Fire Ken Williams!

Manager Ozzie Guillen was let go by the Chicago White Sox last week, but the man who should have been cut was GM Kenny Williams. Williams has made so many bad trades, and HORRIBLE free agent signings that he was the one who really deserved to be cut.

Why? He wasted all that money on Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Jake Peavy– all ludicrously overpaid underachieving wastes of space that you can squarely point the finger  at for what a pathetic season it was on the south side.

“All in” my ass! We’ll touch on all these individuals, but let’s focus on the big FAT ASS Adam Dunn. Showing up horribly out of shape in spring training (after signing a four year $56 million contract) is one thing, but being unable to streamline your lard ass even though you’re a professional athlete with  access to the best exercise equipment and nutritionists every day?

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Ozzie Guillen’s Best White Sox Moments, and Notable Quotables

Before we get into the best bites, greatest moments and notable quotables from Ozzie Guillen, I’ve been known to quote sappy, depressing love songs in moment like this. Guillen leaving the Sox will be different:

Said we’d be forever
Said it’d never die
How could you love me and leave me
And never say good-bye?

Although we’ve come to the end of the road
Still I can’t let you go
It’s unnatural, you belong to me, I belong to you
Come to the end of the road
Still I can’t let you go
It’s unnatural, you belong to me, I belong to you

“End of the Road” Boyz II Men

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It’s official now- The Chicago White Sox have released Manager Ozzie Guillen from his contract. The greatest consistent soundbite in recent Chicago sports history has moved on.

Base Coach Joey Cora will serve as interim manager for the Sox final two games. Where’s Ozzie going now? Broadcasting? Seems to be a natural fit for opinionated, loquacious public persona.

More likely it’s going to be managing the Miami Marlins. It’s the city Ozzie loves (but “yo I heard the rainstorms ain’t nothing to mess with”)

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