White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had his annual full-squad spring meeting on Thursday morning, closing the doors of the clubhouse and making sure children weren’t anywhere in earshot of what was said.
“I cursed maybe 1,000 times, but that's your guys' [Americans'] fault,’’ Guillen joked. “That's the English I know and I learned it from you guys. I never went to school here.’’
Guillen said the underlying message was forget what happened in 2007 and turn the attention to ’08.
“It was a little bit talking about the past, make sure you leave it in the past,’’ Guillen said. “What we're looking for this year. Come in here and be the team to beat, and go out there and go compete. We believe, we truly believe, we have a ballclub. Make sure they believe. Don't get caught up in what people say, what people think. Just go out there and do the job.
“I think people understand where we're coming from and for the new guys, it was a different way to handle the meeting. Let them know exactly who I am, what I do. Because if you come from another organization, all of the sudden everything you hear from the TV, radio, whatever it is, I showed them who the real Ozzie was, not what they hear about it.’’