World Series notebook: Guillen not happy with Baker

Updated: October 27, 2005, 12:51 AM ET
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Cubs' manager Dusty Baker isn't showing much hometown-love and that's got White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen upset.

Before the postseason began, Baker was asked by ESPN The Magazine who he would be rooting for in the playoffs.

"I got no one to root for," Baker said. "I sure as heck ain't rooting for the White Sox or Cardinals. But maybe Atlanta since they've won all those divisions but only one championship. The Angels just won it against me, so forget them. Anyway, fishing season starts in November. That's my time."

Guillen, who usually heaps praise on crosstown peer, was perplexed by the comments.

"Dusty, I don't like what he said," Guillen told the Chicago Sun-Times. "I thought we were friends."

"That's OK, we'll see [which team] owns the town now," Guillen told the paper.

Wheaties honor
The World Series champion White Sox will be featured on a special edition Wheaties box, cereal maker General Mills announced Wednesday.

The special package will feature pitcher Mark Buehrle on both the front and back of the box. The box will be available nationally by mid-November.

This is the first time the White Sox have been featured on a Wheaties package.

Chicago beat the Houston Astros 1-0 on Wednesday night, sweeping the series in four games.

Last year, the Boston Red Sox were featured on the Wheaties box.

Aaron Awards
Atlanta's Andruw Jones and Boston's David Ortiz were picked as the 2005 recipients of the Hank Aaron Award, given annually to the best offensive players in each league as voted by fans.

Jones led the major leagues with 51 home runs and topped the NL with 128 RBI. Jones hit his 50th homer in September, becoming the 12th player in major league history to reach 300 homers before his 30th birthday.

Ortiz led the major leagues with 148 RBI. The designated hitter hit 47 home runs and had an AL-leading 88 extra-base hits.

Aaron, baseball's home run king, was on hand to give the awards to Jones and Ortiz before Game 4 of the World Series.

El Duque OK
White Sox reliever Orlando Hernandez was ready to pitch the day after leaving Game 3 of the World Series with a neck injury.

El Duque faced seven batters in one-plus inning Tuesday night, striking out two and walking four. The right-hander hurt his neck and left shoulder trying to pick off Chris Burke from first.

"I was throwing during practice and I'm feeling good," Hernandez said Wednesday. "I feel a little sore, a little tight. But the treatment I got helped a lot."

Hernandez went 9-9 with a 5.12 ERA with one save in 24 appearances for the White Sox this season. He said the neck injury didn't hinder his throwing motion, but limited how far he could turn his head.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen wanted to keep Hernandez out of Game 4 if he could.

"Hopefully, when the game starts, he'll be ready and hopefully, we won't need to use him," Guillen said.

National Pride
All over the bars and restaurants, baseball fans are abuzz about Oswaldo.

While he's called Ozzie Guillen in the United States, Venezuelans know the White Sox manager by his full name. And with Chicago on the verge of winning the World Series, pride is swelling for the national hero.

"We love Ozzie," Simon Lopez said in one packed nightspot. "He plays a different baseball: Caribbean style."

Fans in the South American country on the Caribbean coast tend to root for the major league teams with the best Venezuelan representation.

Daniel Barrios, a 27-year-old civil engineer, said he would be rooting for the Houston Astros if not for Guillen's presence with the White Sox.

"Interest has grown a lot," Lopez said. "This series has gotten a lot of Venezuelans involved."

Music to their ears
The Houston Astros are much more likely to boot scoot to country music than bob their heads to hip-hop.

But that hasn't stopped two rappers from Houston -- the new rap hotbed -- from putting a baseball twist on their latest hits to pay homage to the Astros' first World Series appearance.

Chamillionaire's remix of "Turn It Up" and Paul Wall's remix of "They Don't Know" have been getting heavy local radio rotation, and both songs were played Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park during Game 3 against the Chicago White Sox.

"Making the song was a natural for me because I'm such a big fan," said Wall, who remembers watching the Astros as a child from the $1 upper deck seats at the now defunct Astrodome.

Wall and Chamillionaire are former partners turned bitter rivals, so it's no surprise that they would have dueling Astros anthems.

"I just wanted to give some encouragement to the team," said Chamillionaire, whose debut album, "The Sound of Revenge" comes out next month. "Because I know that in my world of hip-hop a lot of people pay attention to baseball. I just wanted to be a part of this history."

Straying from his teammates -- who keep country music videos playing on the clubhouse TVs -- third baseman Morgan Ensberg was excited about the raps and couldn't wait to hear them. "That's the coolest thing I've ever heard," he said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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