Guillen defends bunting with Beckham
CHICAGO -- Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was upset to hear the second-guessing that took place over the local radio airwaves a day after he had his No. 2 hitter Gordon Beckham attempt sacrifice bunts in the seventh and ninth inning of Chicago's 5-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians on Thursday.
You don't want to watch the way I manage this ballclub, be a Cub fan or talk about something else.” -- Ozzie Guillen
"You don't want to watch the way I manage this ballclub, be a Cub fan or talk about something else," Guillen said on Friday. "I don't want to tell people why I do stuff and why I did it. They talk about taking the bat [out of Beckham's hands], it's the seventh and the ninth inning. I've got my two best hitters [coming up], the only guys swinging the bat well right behind.
"All those idiots out there who talk about baseball, they should come here and manage for me. I don't have to explain to anybody why I do stuff. They have to get up at 4 a.m. and talk [expletive]. I'm going to run this ballclub the way I think it should be done. I'll bet they didn't talk about how we struck out 12 times and all the times we had bases loaded and didn't get a hit. They talk about how I run this ballclub! Shame on them."
Beckham sacrificed Juan Pierre to second base in the seventh inning, and Carlos Quentin followed with a two-run home run to put the White Sox up 3-2. Beckham also bunted Pierre over to second in the ninth inning, but he was stranded after Paul Konerko and Andruw Jones flied out to send the game to extra innings.
Bruce Levine covers baseball for ESPNChicago.com.