DETROIT – It was back in early April, right after Ozzie Guillen’s second-consecutive ejection by umpire Phil Cuzzi, that the White Sox manager made his feelings known.
“I don't like that guy behind the plate,’’ Guillen said then. “And I'm going to let him know. I don't like him. He don't like me, I don't like him. It's one reason is, if you don't like me as a man and what I do, I respect that. But if you don't like me, and all of a sudden you're going to take it out on my players, you're wrong. That's unprofessional.
“And I just let him know I don't like him the first day I see him, and I think he feels the same way about me. And we have to move on. Every time he's behind the plate, we might have a problem. We might. We have. I think the last couple times behind the plate, we have a problem. And he tried to be smart with me, and I do what I have to do, and he does what he has to do. But I don't like him, and he don't like me. And I got a good sleep last night. I will spend all my money for him. I don't care. But obviously, we don't like each other.’’
Well guess who is scheduled to be behind the plate on Thursday? Mr. Cuzzi, come on down!
Guillen, however, was singing a different tune on Wednesday night. He had a talk with umpire Ed Montague and came away feeling a bit better about the Cuzzi situation.
“He has a job to do and I have a job to do,’’ Guillen said.
He didn’t expect any problems in the series finale against Detroit.
Then again, that remains to be seen