Ozzie Guillen: Team not supported
CHICAGO -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen apparently thinks his team isn't getting enough respect.
The outspoken skipper went off on another tangent before Tuesday's 12-6 loss the Minnesota Twins, the first of three between the AL Central co-leaders, saying his team deserves more credit and doesn't "feel the support" in Chicago.
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"Everybody asks, 'What do you think about the Minnesota Twins this year?' Well, that's the team that's supposed to be here today," he said. "That's all it is."
Guillen dismissed headlines hyping the arrival of the Twins and said when his wife mentioned Minnesota visiting, he responded by saying, "Good, you dating somebody from there?"
Guillen went on to say he feels "more proud of this ballclub than any team I ever managed" and even vowed to write a book about this season.
The White Sox had just lost three of four at Baltimore to fall into a tie for the division lead, yet the notion of them even contending seemed far-fetched at one point.
They were 9½ games out in early June before winning 25 of 30 before the All-Star break to leap into first place. That eased ill will between Guillen and general manager Ken Williams, who were at odds over the manager opening a Twitter account in spring training. There was more tension when the White Sox drafted Guillen's son Ozney in the 22nd round.
The latest episode came nine days after Ozzie Guillen said Asian players are given privileges in the United States that Latinos are not afforded, which led to the White Sox issuing a statement saying they disagreed.
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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