ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – For now, Orlando Cabrera has been forgiven by teammates and his manager, but not forgotten.
The shortstop finally decided it was time to talk to manager Ozzie Guillen before Friday’s game and turn the page on what was a bad week for Cabrera. Yes, it should have been done on Tuesday, the day that Guillen’s warning to him in the Sun-Times appeared, but I at least credit him for man-ing up and realizing that yes, the South Side might be just a six-month rental home for him, but this White Sox team has “special’’ written all over what it could do this season.
Here’s what Guillen had to say about the meeting: “We’re fine. I’m really excited about him coming down and talk to me about it, and clear the stuff. Clear it with his teammates. I don’t want people out there … I think he digs his own hole. I send the message to him earlier. You picked the wrong town to do what you’re doing.
“Most of what we talked about as a friend, not as a manager. When you have problems with my players, I want to talk to them as a friend. We got 24 players there, they got to look at that. He never offended me by any reason. I believe you have to say what you feel, you have to say what you think. Some people like what you say, some people don’t. But I think right now, you pick a fight with the manager, or the players or the media, you’re never going to win that one. Because they have so much stuff on you, and the manager. You will have a bad game. Everything was nice and clean and I was really pleased because he showed me how much respect he has for his teammates, that’s No. 1, and for the organization, that’s No. 2, and for me, that’s No. 3. I worry more about what his teammates think about the problem than what I was thinking.’’