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Ozzie defends Jenks; boos Sox fans

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051010_alcs_jenkins_vmed6p_widec.jpgOzzie Guillen is sticking with Bobby Jenks as his closer.
Don't like it?
"He's my closer and if people don't want him to be my closer, don't come to the God damn game,'' the White Sox manager insisted on Wednesday.
In blowing the save in Tuesday's loss, Jenks has now allowed six earned runs over his last five outings (10.13 ERA). But coming off the field in his latest dismal outing, Jenks was met with boos from the U.S. Cellular Field faithful.
"He will be my closer until he can't do it anymore,'' Guillen continued. "It's a shame how short a memory people have. A real shame. I grew up in this city, and when you blow one game, not two, just one, obviously that broke their heart. There's nobody in this room that feels worse than him. All of a sudden people treat him like a piece of garbage and the way they treat him is not fair. It's not fair.
"This guy since we got him has been great. He will continue to be great. He's a human being, he had a bad night. I know he will turn the corner and continue to have success. But that hurt and made me really upset and pissed when a kid have a bad night and we treat him like that. That's really a shame. It's sad. Because all of a sudden what do you think is gonna go to his mind. If this kid blows 20 saves in a season I don't blame you guys, not the media, but people out there acting the way they are. That's pretty, I want to say, pretty embarrassing. Wow, what did this kid do to this town to make people treat him like that?''
According to pitching coach Don Cooper, Jenks has had a slight mechanical problem with his balance, but it was worked on before Wednesday's game.
And as far as Jenks?
He will once again lean on one of his strengths - short-term memory.
"I'm usually very good about being able to let go of a bad game and not continuously have a run of bad outings,'' Jenks said. "It's just a little rut I'm in right now. Try to pitch through it and see if I can get better.
"It's been frustrating more than anything, knowing I'm 100 percent healthy and going out there and not seeing the results with the way I feel. I think that's the biggest thing for me right now, just trying to get past the frustration, trying to do the little things on the side to get back to where I was.''

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Fans have been booing baseball players for 150 years...if you cant deal with it you probably shouldnt be playing baseball..

So no one can voice their opinion except Ozzie?

If you are that sensitive them maybe you are the one that should not come to the damn games.
Shut up and manage the team already

Sox Seppoku and Philtration, you both sound like CUB fans. Ozzie had every right to complain about fans booing Jenks. How easy everyone forgets what Jenks has done for the White Sox, especially in 2005. Everyone is entitled to have a bad day, don't you? How would you like your boss chewing you out for every mistake you made?
Cub fans have a lot to boo about, keep in on the North side please!

Sox Fan-
This isnt high school baseball. Yes I am aware of what Jenks has done for us. Would I boo him? No, probably not. Am I going to get all pissy at people that do boo him? No, that's part and parcel of being a major league ballplayer. You have to deal with it and not let it get to you.

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