Williams: 'It's just not a good idea to throw your boss under the bus'

Updated: June 2, 2008, 9:42 PM ET
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White Sox general manager Ken Williams isn't amused by manager Ozzie Guillen's latest tirade.

On Sunday, after the White Sox lost to the Rays on a walk-off homer in the 10th inning, Guillen ripped into his team again and called for Williams to make roster changes before Chicago plays its next game, Tuesday at home against the Kansas City Royals.

"I expect [general manager] Kenny [Williams] to do something Tuesday. Because if we don't do anything Tuesday, there's [going to be] a lot of change in the lineup. That's all I'm going to say about the offense," said Guillen, whose comments were spiced with an occasional expletive.

In an e-mail to the Chicago Tribune, Williams said he wasn't pleased.

"It's just not a good idea to throw your boss under the bus, especially when that boss has had your back as much as I have had his," Williams wrote. "I expect this team, if the leadership remains positive and the players stick together and continue to play hard, it will be a fun summer.

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"The offense will begin to produce when collectively they say the hell with all the theories, stay loose, pick the pitch you want to hit and hit it hard. It will be nice to see them lighten up and have some fun."

The Tribune reported on Monday evening that Guillen and Williams will meet in Chicago on Tuesday.

The White Sox sit atop the AL Central standings, but you would never know it from Guillen's comments Sunday.

"It could be me. It could be [hitting coach] Greg Walker, the players, anybody," Guillen said about the needed changes by Tuesday. "I'm sick and tired watching this for a year and a half. I'm not protecting anybody anymore."

The heart of the White Sox lineup -- Carlos Quentin, Jermaine Dye, Jim Thome and Paul Konerko -- had one homer and two RBIs in the series against the AL East-leading Rays.

"It's a little of everything," Konerko said about the team's lack of production with runners in scoring position Sunday. "Good pitching. Bad decision-making."

And, as for Guillen's comments about possible changes?

"He's the manager. He can do what he wants," Konerko said. "That doesn't change what happened today."

When asked Monday, Thome said on "ESPN First Take" that Guillen still has the support of his players.

"Absolutely," Thome said, "… We're in first place. We like where we're at."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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