After Guillen's latest outburst, hitting coach meets with Reinsdorf
Greg Walker is still going about his job as the hitting coach for the Chicago White Sox -- a job he still has, thank you very much.
What might not exist anymore is his long-standing friendship with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who went on a tirade Sunday and appeared to throw Walker under the proverbial bus.
Guillen's rant, rendered after the White Sox lost to the Tampa Bay Rays in extra innings, curiously brought up only two specific names -- general manager Kenny Williams, and Walker.
Guillen said on Tuesday that he and Williams had cleared the air, saying, "This one was the most uncomfortable situation I ever went through because it was a relationship, it was a friend ... When it's a friendship and he thinks I threw him under the bus, that hurt my feelings."
Walker met team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on Monday, according to the Chicago Tribune, and spent much of the day wondering about his employment status.
"I've never quit anything in my life," Walker told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday. "I'll leave it at that. I have too much respect for Jerry Reinsdorf and what he's done for me. He's a good man and a good friend and he wants me to keep fighting, so I'm going to.
"There's some things I'd like to say, but I'm not going to say them. I'm going to keep my mouth shut and earn my money he's paying me. And if anybody doesn't like it, tough."
As of Wednesday, Guillen and Walker -- who were teammates on the White Sox in the mid- to late 1980s -- had not spoken to each other about Sunday's expletive-laced rant, during which Guillen said: "I expect Kenny 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 ... It could be me. It could be Greg Walker, the players, anybody. I'm sick and tired watching this for a year and a half. I'm not protecting anybody anymore."
Guillen may not have had a heart-to-heart with Walker, but he did talk to the media.
"Well, the players are going to dictate [that]," Guillen said in response to questions about Walker's job status. "When I have to fire one of my coaches, I'll do it right away. I did in the past. I just begged the players a couple days ago to start hitting for him because I know how much this kills him.
"His job is fine right now. But ... but ... how long ... I believe in his philosophy, I believe in how hard he works, but make it work. Make it work."
Walker, for his part, has taken the high road.
"I'm going to do it the same way I did it in '05 when we won a championship," Walker said in the Tribune. "I'm going to do it the same way I did it in '06 and all the years I've done it.
"I'm not going to start pointing fingers. I like where we are. We're in first place and we haven't played our best baseball."
Asked if the White Sox's soap opera was a situation in which the team could thrive, Williams said a thick skin is needed to be in the public eye.
"Listen, if you're in this town and you're a sports executive or a player, a coach or whatever and you don't have a certain amount of fire in your belly, that sometimes doesn't necessarily come out in the most politically correct manner, you're not going to survive very long," Williams said.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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