OAKLAND, Calif. - There was some initial confusion about who would manage the White Sox when they host the A's on Thursday and Friday while Robin Ventura is absent to attend a daughter's graduation in California.
A Sox spokesman, after getting word from general manager Rick Hahn, said that third base coach Joe McEwing would manage on Friday and bench coach Mark Parent -- who will also miss Friday for his son's graduation - will run things on Thursday.
Before Sunday's game, Ventura said pitching coach Don Cooper will manage Friday.
The Sox quickly cleared it up by confirming that Cooper, who has a 1-1 record taking over for Ozzie Guillen at the end of 2011, will manage. But not before a stream of comparisons to former Secretary of State Alexander Haig "I'm in charge" references and wisecracks flowed.
"Friday is the dangerous day,'' Ventura said, having fun with the subject. "It's going to be Coop. That's dangerous.
"He was politicking to get over .500."
Parent was a AA manager in the Phillies farm system before joining the Sox staff last year.
"I think everyone will enjoy it,'' Ventura said. "I knew this was coming. Rick knew this was coming. Hopefully it goes well. I'm not worried with it being in their hands."