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Ozzie Guillen

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Ozzie Guillen

Born

1/20/1964, Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela

Birth Name

Oswaldo José Guillén Barrios

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Ozzie Guillén, Oswaldo José Guillén Barrios
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Biography

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Ozzie Guillen spent the majority of his playing career with the team he would later manage, the Chicago White Sox. Guillen and the White Sox were featured on the MLB Network reality series The Club.

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  • Trivia

    • Ozzie Guillen: If you're a baseball fan, that's one of the best ones you'll ever see.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I love the way my team played today. I will let you know when my team plays real bad, and I think we played pretty good baseball. They just beat us.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I believe in pitching. You can put a little league team on the field to catch the ball. With the pitching staff they have, they've still got a chance.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He was out. When you execute well, you finish up well.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He did it all today. He might be in the lineup tomorrow.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He did a tremendous job.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He did a lot of great things for Seattle. People should be happy to see him pitch.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Brutal. I think it's really disappointing. ... The way this kid played in this town, people should tip their caps. ... I thought it was kind of embarrassing. Booing Jim Thome? you don't boo a class act.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It seems like he's afraid to make mistakes. He feels like he's getting to the point where he's embarrassed or letting people down. Just play, play the game.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Hopefully, I do this long enough where I don't get tired or be boring. Well, I'm never going to be boring.

    • Ozzie Guillen: In the last 10 years, I've never seen anyone as hot as Cleveland was in the second half of last season. Coming down the stretch, they weren't just playing good. They were playing great. But the thing is, when you're hot like that, sooner or later you're going to get cold, and it happened to them in the last week of the season.

    • Ozzie Guillen: The thing about Jim Thome is that no matter where you go in baseball, nobody ever says anything negative about him. When you make a lot of money in this game, everyone wants to criticize you and tear you down. But, you don't see that with Jim Thome.

    • Ozzie Guillen: People see what he does for us on the field, but what they don't see is what he does for our team in the dugout, in the clubhouse, in the hotels and on the airplanes. The beauty of him is that he pushes his teammates to be better. He's always up cheering and supporting them. He's not a selfish player.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think its really disappointing. Jim Thome did a lot of good things for this town. It was kind of embarrassing. I was really surprised.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's just tight. I don't want to take the chance of losing him for a few weeks instead of a few days.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We left a lot of people on base. We didn't do what we do best - clutch hitting. We had chances in every inning to score.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It was a weird game for him. He always throws strikes and he's always around the plate. He just had a bad outing against the wrong people. They will take advantage of your mistakes.

    • Ozzie Guillen: To me, it was kind of embarrassing. Even Cleveland players were shaking their heads. Cleveland people don't know how much Jim Thome meant to this town. You don't boo a class act. That's OK, we'll clap for him in Chicago.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Last year, he had some clutch hits. It's not easy to perform like he does when you play like once a month.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He kept the game close and gave us the chance to win.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't blame him for going for the money. You can't feed your family with championship rings.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He helps us in the field. But he helps this team more in the clubhouse, in the hotels, in the bus, in the planes. You look around baseball and one of the people they don't say anything negative about is Jim Thome. They love the way he respects the game and treats his fans and teammates.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It shows you how good of a pitcher he was. He got in all that trouble, but baseball kept bringing him back.

    • Ozzie Guillen: A.J., because they boo A.J. everywhere. Even in his backyard, his wife and kids boo him.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't know. Maybe he liked the city. Maybe he liked the organization. It wasn't because of money.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We've been great this year with two out and we've gotten a lot of clutch hits. Weaver was a little wild and couldn't find the plate, so we were very patient with him and took advantage of it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We just have to go there like 2006. Not 2005, because 2005 is over.

    • Ozzie Guillen: You've got to give credit to a guy when he throws the ball well. Washburn kept our whole team off balance.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He throw the ball good. You have to give credit to the guy when he throw the ball well. He kept our team off-balance. We didn't have that many people on base and to score runs, you have to have people on base.

    • Ozzie Guillen: If you get behind hitters, you won't survive in this game.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's not how many runs you score in one game, it is how many games you win in a series and we lost the series."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I was pretty impressed. The balls don't carry here much."

    • Ozzie Guillen: The only way you're going to get hurt in this game is if you're not throwing strikes. I told [Logan], 'If you don't throw strikes, you're going to get killed."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Pitchers always set the tone. Besides one bad inning against Toronto earlier in the year, he has been great for us."

    • Ozzie Guillen: A lot of people were excited because we tied the game. But in the meanwhile, the entire team was excited because Brian did it."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Seattle fouled off a lot of pitches; they were fighting. They were making Vazquez throw strikes and fight for every at-bat. That's why his pitch count was so high."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I was impressed. The ball doesn't carry here much. The guys are swinging the bat pretty well right now."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Now, we don't have to wait for Thome to hit home runs. Other guys are hitting them for him now."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We need him to get back to the form he was last year. We know he can do that."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He made two mistakes, but I think he was outstanding. He threw the ball better and hopefully he continues to progress."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We have a better bench, a better rotation, and having Thome swing the bat the way he is now, he'll really help our team. But when you win the world championship, you can't say this team is better. That's not fair."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We thought our shot with Betancourt was better."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Jamie can be tough on a lot of guys. It allows me to use my bench, but he can just be tough on hitters. Look at the numbers."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We have to stick together for when the tough times come."

    • Ozzie Guillen: No doubt about it. They'll bring out a lot of fans. [Owner] Arte Moreno did a good job bringing back the fans. They'll be ready for the rivalry, but we're prepared for that."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think the two games we lost in Kansas City [in the first week] were a wake-up call. All of a sudden, they paid attention and got going."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We're hitting like crazy right now. It's about time. In 2005, it was just pitching, pitching, pitching."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We really lost two games where we didn't have a chance."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We believed in ourselves. They have confidence. They know they have a lot of time. Our pitching staff is (starting) to put it together."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He needed that more than anyone else for his confidence. This game is about confidence and believing in yourself. You're always going to struggle in this game, and when you swing better and don't get results, it puts doubts in your mind and that kills you."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We built this team around team hitters. Everyone who goes to the plate has a good idea of what to do. When you have that, it's hard to stop."

    • Ozzie Guillen: When you have the lead, it's easier to (afford) mistakes."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He didn't get much of a chance earlier this season, he was sore. Let's hope this game gave him confidence for the next three to five months."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Hopefully, we keep it up all year. But we know it's not going to happen."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Jose, since the second half, has thrown the ball absolutely outstanding."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He reminds me of Greg Maddux. He goes out, throws 200-plus innings and throws as quick as he can."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't want to see high pitch counts because they might get hurt later in the season. Last year, they played another month of baseball that they never did before. I'm trying to keep the pitch counts low to keep them fresh. If you throw 130-140, in the end you'll pay. Don't overdue it."

    • Ozzie Guillen: You make a mistake and he's going to hit it out of the ballpark."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He's pitching real well right now."

    • Ozzie Guillen: It was a wake-up call for everybody. After that, they came together as a team."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Nobody's talking about him, but he's a guy who's had a good start, too."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He will hurt you. He's always going to do something, and right now he is making it fun to come and watch."

    • Ozzie Guillen: The White Sox were talking (garbage). They were talking (garbage) back. You've got to win between the lines. They did that."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Listen, I know what players we had in the past. I don't want those players anymore."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We can score more runs this year than last year. That's why we brought those guys here. Last year, God, it was 2-1, 1-0, 3-2 every game. My pitching staff couldn't even breathe one minute. They can't even make one mistake because we'd lose."

    • Ozzie Guillen: The reason for the White Sox winning was I tried to build a team like theirs. They're fun to watch. They run the bases, they play hard and they don't make mistakes. I like the teams Ronald builds."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "If I think I'm good, I don't care about that stuff. If he's not with the Cubs, he'll be with someone else. He's already proved to a lot of people in baseball that he's a good manager. That's it, he's a good manager."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't feel bad for Dusty because I know Dusty can handle it."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Everyone has to get thrown under the bus every so often."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "The way we built this team we have confidence in our pitching staff. That's our game. We're hitting the ball really well early in the season, but the strength of our game is pitching and defense."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Yeah, we're keeping our eyes on him. I told him: 'You make it harder on yourself. You work out in the winter, you don't have to do it in spring training. Just maintain your workout. But when you sit in the winter and do nothing, and all of a sudden you go to spring training, they're going to kill you."

    • Ozzie Guillen: One, it's a hard thing to throw a no-hitter. Two, I just want to win."

    • Ozzie Guillen: The [poor] outing before was due to [bad] location and tipping the pitch."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I said a couple weeks ago that if we score four runs, we should win. That's the way we built our team. We have a good pitching staff. That's our game, pitching and defense."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He was different in the way he threw the ball (Wednesday)."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Like I say every day, I think the pitching sets the tone. When you've got a pitcher go there and do what Jose did today, I think everything goes perfectly."

    • Ozzie Guillen: One thing with Bobby, every time we say something to him, he does it."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He's tipping his pitches. I don't care if people say yes or no. Because you do not lay off breaking balls the way they were doing it. He's got enough stuff for them to feel uncomfortable facing him.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He was throwing the ball real well. The outing before, it was between location and tipping the pitch. You can count on him every time he comes out, because he's a great worker. When you work that hard, it pays off."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We score more than five runs and this is what I have to deal with."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think with our offense, the way we're hitting right now, we're going to take advantage of every mistake any team makes. I don't how well we're hitting with two outs, but we're doing a pretty good job."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He didn't hit very well in spring training, but I wasn't really worried about him too much. Just from last year, the way he came over here and handled himself, you just knew he was going to continue playing like that. I love having this kid on my team."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I was thinking we'd have men on second and third and one out. There was a lot of risk ... But this kid is a real solid second baseman. That is one reason he plays every day."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He never will. He knows he's a big-league pitcher [now]. He knows he can compete."

    • Ozzie Guillen: With the way the offense is hitting now, we're going to take advantage of any mistake a team makes."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I'm not going to change him because he's struggling right now. The way you are, I respect that."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I know he has good enough stuff to beat any team in the league. It's proven. Garland is different than the rest of the guys because when he doesn't perform, it seems like he doesn't care. Everybody has a different way to handle himself."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I told the guys to get a haircut and put it on eBay -- there might be some money from it. People are so stupid now, they buy stuff that's stupid."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It gives fans a little more time to get here, especially with the construction on the Dan Ryan (Expressway)."

    • Ozzie Guillen: In this game, if you perform well, people don't care (if you are heavy). But if you don't perform, they'll blame (the weight)."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I think the pitching sets the tone. When you have a pitcher go out and have a performance like that, everything is going to go right."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Well, Jose, from last year in the second half has thrown the ball outstanding. We knew with Jose it was just a matter of time. He had one click, he got it and kept it. When he takes the ball, we know we have a great chance to do some damage."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think that's one of the best plays I've ever seen by an infielder. I had people calling me about it. They didn't believe it."

    • Ozzie Guillen: It was a tough decision for the umpires, one out away from an official game. But it would have taken too long to get the field in shape. It's a good thing we scored early.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He only had three outings with us in spring training. He'll get better."

    • Ozzie Guillen: When Pods gets on base, our offense is better. It was big for him to have a day like today."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I want to give him back-to-back days [playing]. I want to keep him sharp. I want him to feel confident and ready to go for the future."

    • Ozzie Guillen: That's one of the best plays I've ever seen by an infielder. I had people calling me about it. They didn't believe it. When you see it live, you don't realize all of it. But in slow motion in replays, it's one of the best ever. I don't think anyone will match that this year."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I love the way Thornton is throwing the ball."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "The way McCarthy is throwing, we can play around with the bullpen."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I talk to him every day. I don't want my players to worry about who they are or their roles. I tell them, 'Try the best you can and don't second-guess yourself because that means you don't have confidence in yourself."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Garland is my starter. I'm going to stick with him until he says he can't do it anymore. I believe in him, believe he has great stuff."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I know with the staff we have that we will pitch better."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I don't blame them for booing us today."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He feels better. He should be ready [today]. He's a tough kid. He just wants to play. I can use him to play defense if I need to."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I'm happy for him. He's one of my buddies from the Marlins, and it's good to see him back."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I told him, 'You're here for a reason. The hardest thing to do in the big leagues is not let a bad day carry into the next. His last two at-bats [fly balls to right field] were better."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We're in Chicago. When you spend almost your whole career here, you know what to expect."

    • Ozzie Guillen: The only thing I'm concerned about with Pods is don't let it get in your head. No matter how good you are in this game, you will fail. I think he's trying too hard."

    • Ozzie Guillen: His velocity is fine. The location of the pitches is not good. ... He (hung) a couple breaking balls to the wrong guys."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We got spoiled last year, the way they (threw). They will get better."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We didn't pitch well. He left a couple pitches hanging against a pretty good ball club. The effort overall wasn't there to win the game.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Before, he tried to pitch and he couldn't keep his breaking ball over the plate. Fastball, his location was pretty poor. Now he's starting to get it together

    • Ozzie Guillen: The last three innings, he was outstanding. His pitch count was low, he was getting people out right away."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He was gambling, taking a a lot of risks. You go, 'Oh no don't do it,' and 'Oh, good. People think it's going to be a dumb play but when you make an out, you got a standing ovation."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "If this kid stays healthy, he has a chance to hit a lot more homers, especially in this park. In the summer, this park gets smaller."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "When you're sitting in the dugout, you don't appreciate it. But when you see it on the replay ... I think that's one of the best plays I've ever seen by any infielder."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "The park wasn't in good condition to play. To wait that long wasn't good. It was the right thing to call the game."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We didn't pitch well at all, and that was the game."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He knows how to hit. Because he doesn't have a big name and make a lot of money, nobody talks about him, but he's a dangerous hitter."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He approached me today, and I think it is a good thing for him and myself."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "You don't throw strikes, you're going to get murdered. We came in here and all of a sudden it was like we're facing Nolan Ryan. You may throw 99 (mph), but you still need to throw strikes."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "McCarthy seems to be the key right now. This kid is doing a tremendous job out of the bullpen. I thought about [keeping him in]. The way he's throwing the ball, I thought about it. Right now I have my closer. I'm not going to overuse [McCarthy] for no reason."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Right now that's going to be the toughest problem for me. We have so many days off during the season, so it's hard for me to play this guy.

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I think that game set everything up for the playoffs."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I said, 'It's a pleasure to meet you, sir. I told him, 'I've never seen you play, but my kids told me you were real good."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I told him, 'If I take a chance with you and I believe in you, why are you not believing in yourself? Why are you not taking advantage of this situation? He told me [Monday], 'A lot better, huh?' I said, 'Well, that's what we expect. That's why you got the job."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think Jackie Robinson made us a lot of money. He opened doors for a lot of good things in baseball."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He's been great for the game of baseball. Everything that man touches is magic."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Everyone was concerned, because I was only throwing 85, but it was good today. It gives me a chance to keep Alex sharp."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Freddy likes to compete. The Detroit Tigers, to me are the best lineup in the Central, no doubt about it. (Garcia) likes to get himself to the next level. He likes to pitch in big games. You want to face good hitters? You face the Detroit Tigers."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "The double was bigger than the home run. ... That's why we got him. Hopefully, he stays hot."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He's ridiculous. You hit a ball through the wind like he did. He has a really good chance to have a great year."

    • Ozzie Guillen: That's the way we play, good defense, good pitching and get clutch hitting. That's what we did last season."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "This kid is going to carry us for a while. This is going to be a fun summer."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It's a different season. We have to continue to play and forget about what's already happened.

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I think if the wind had been blowing out the ball would have been out on the freeway. Anyone would have had trouble making that play."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "When you score seven runs you expect to win. [Garland] just fell apart for a couple of innings. Obviously it's not a good outing."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Sweeping this team, the way they were playing, is tough. I think we weren't playing the game the way we should early, but now we are getting better.

    • Ozzie Guillen: If this keeps up, the Tigers are going to hit 700 home runs.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I can see this kid having a pretty good year. That's why we got him. He could carry this team for a little while.

    • Ozzie Guillen: The thing I really said was, if he has any questions, come ask me. I told him about my situation. I make the lineup. If he likes it, he likes it. If he doesn't, big deal. I already explained to him why he's not playing."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We enjoyed it; we had a good time. But it's kind of like we had to give a little attention to everyone. Now we're on a road trip, and we don't have to deal with all this stuff. Hopefully, we'll play better."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We didn't finish it out."

    • Ozzie Guillen: It was a great three days. Hopefully, we can go on the road where we won't have to deal with this stuff."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It's something I wear with pride because it's the first one I ever had. I still wear it. I might wear both my rings now and look like a pimp, a pimp daddy."

    • Ozzie Guillen: This one is the best one. As long as we've been waiting [for a championship] ... It's something special."

    • Ozzie Guillen: It was great, nice for the guys. Now we can concentrate on playing baseball."

    • Ozzie Guillen: When you face the Cleveland Indians, you got to bring your 'A' game. You face that kind of a lineup and you get behind (in the count), you will get hit."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We're not looking for people to fill up the stands. We're looking for winners."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think this kid is in the right place at the right time."

    • Ozzie Guillen: When you make the lineup, whoever likes it or whoever doesn't, too bad. If he doesn't like it, go home."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He was my teammate, and he don't do anything to me. Frank is Frank. I wish him the best, there's no doubt about it. I don't have anything against Frank. If I have anything against Frank, I will let him know."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I always believe that it's not the way you start, it's the way you finish. If people thought we weren't going to lose one, they're crazy."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Besides getting the ring, [Thome] was the only good thing we had all day. I think this kid is going to carry this team for a little while."

    • Ozzie Guillen: When you're going to face the Cleveland Indians, you've got to bring your ace game. Freddy was not on. You face that type of lineup, you get behind, you will get hit."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Thank God the circus will be over then, and we can play baseball."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Besides the rings, it was the only exciting thing."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He just had a bad game. I expect a better outing next time."

    • Ozzie Guillen: You face that kind of lineup, you will be hit."

    • Ozzie Guillen: When you face the Cleveland Indians, you'd better bring your best game. When you face that kind of lineup, you will be hit.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Freddy Garcia is a competitor, and the Detroit Tigers have the best lineup in the Central, no question about it. You know that if you want to beat them, you can't make mistakes."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Great job, wow. I think McCarthy was the star of the game. He did a tremendous job. He saved my bullpen. That's one of the reasons we brought this kid. We know he can pitch at this level. We have to be careful with how we use him, but he threw the ball extremely well."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Last year is over, 2005 is done. You can't stay in that year forever."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Having Thome here is going to be big."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I liked everything about it, except the rain."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Great job. Wow. I think McCarthy was the star of the game. He saved my bullpen."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We've got to approach the game the same way. You win the World Series, that was last year. We've got to approach the game the same way we did in the past and not believe the hype."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It was great, nice for the guys. Thank God this thing is over. All the circus is over and we can concentrate on playing baseball."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think (if) Thome stays healthy, he's going to help this team. Besides that, he's a great guy in the clubhouse."

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's still a Cubs city. Now, winning, we're going to build those kids that grow up in Chicago to be a White Sox fan. It's going to take a little while to be a White Sox area.

    • Ozzie Guillen: My philosophy is give me the best pitching staff you can give me and everything else we can figure out."

    • Ozzie Guillen: You don't win games in the paper. You don't win games running your mouth. You go out there and perform and do the best you can and see what happens. The comments [the Indians] made, I could care less. We just worry about winning games."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Don't live in the past. We're not world champions anymore.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Everybody is chasing us, everybody wants to play good against us. No doubt about it. We have to take the same approach as we have in the past. We have to play the game the way we've always played the game. Don't believe the hype. You have to go there and play the game and not worry about what people think.

    • Ozzie Guillen: To be honest with you, I'm going to be the same guy, whether people like it or not. It's the way I am. I'm going to tell the media what I think. I'm not going to lie to them. I'm going to be honest. Nobody is going to make me change."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I'm never going to forget this Opening Day. I've been in a lot of Opening Days in my life. But this was the most special. I've never been in an Opening Day like this one."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We waited so many years for this opening day and that flag."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I've been involved in a lot of Opening Days, but this one was the best."

    • Ozzie Guillen: When you're world champions, you (can) be cocky or try to rub it in their face. It's nice. You have the ring, you have the trophy. I always said last year, 'We're not that good.' This year it's the same way."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Opening day was very special to me. Seeing that championship banner unveiled was a great, great experience, something I really enjoyed and I will never forget."

    • Ozzie Guillen: It was great. It was a great experience. I really enjoyed it. I've had a lot of opening days in my life, but I think that was really special. It was the best one I've ever been in."

    • Ozzie Guillen: From the first day of spring training, I told them 2005 is over. It's a new year and we're just like everybody else. Every team we play this year is going to be trying to knock us off, so we have to be ready."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We have a great chance. We've got the right people. Hopefully, they perform the way they should."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We showed White Sox fans and everybody in baseball that we weren't happy with just what we did last year."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I always like, when a guy is ready, to give him another day to see how he feels. If he doesn't play tomorrow, we might give him that extra day with the day off Tuesday to make sure he's 100 percent ready."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think it's something so many people were looking forward to for so many years. I think this can be the biggest opening day we've ever had in so long.

    • Ozzie Guillen: People are going to be surprised. He's going to do a lot of things people have never seen him do."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "If something happened to one of the Venezuelan players, they got hurt, they can't play anymore, they won't give one (bleep) about them. But if they don't play, they will criticize them."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It was big for Contreras because last year in spring training, he couldn't find the strike zone. He came out of the gate the way he left [off in 2005]."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I'm not going to take the bat out of his hands like I did last year. He gave himself up once or twice a game, and that's why I want to drop him down in the lineup. He is a great RBI man and this will give him a chance to hit more home runs.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We have a lot of games to go and not that many players in camp. Everybody will get a legit chance. The guy who can pinch-hit and play once in a while, he will take the job.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It depends on how they swing the bat. Whoever swings the bat better will move up. I can wiggle and play with my lineup. If A.J. swings well, I want A.J. to protect Dye. If not, I want Iguchi to do it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I'm going to leave him there in the second spot. I think he's swinging the bat a lot better when we put him there. I'm not going to stop doing something that worked for us last year, worked in spring training.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Besides that, we've got a Plan B. We're always prepared, just in case he couldn't make it. But that's pretty good news.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I look at the scoreboard and it says this guy, Thome, hit more home runs against the White Sox than anybody. He's got 18 in this ballpark. Hopefully, he'll hit another 60. I know if this kid stays healthy, he's going to do some damage in Chicago.

    • Ozzie Guillen: If his health is good, yes. I'm not worried about his swing. If he's got good health and he's ready to run, then he will start.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think it will be great for baseball. I think he's the greatest hitter ever.... I worry about baseball, and this kid brings baseball back, McGwire and Sammy and all these guys. People hated baseball then, after the strike. A lot of people will be mad when he breaks the record, but I hope he does.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He's done a little bit more than I asked for. This kid has adapted to the league, but spring training is spring training. I want to [see him] when the lights come on."

    • Ozzie Guillen: The key to this ball club and the key to him is keeping healthy. We have to do the best we can to keep him healthy. As long as this kid is healthy he can do some damage."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He is the type of player who when he is hot can carry the team.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I always wanted to get off the field as quick as I could. It's easier for everybody and it's more fun. I played behind Maddux a little bit (in Atlanta in 1998-99) and you knew that on any pitch, the (hitter) was going to put the ball in play. You enjoy the game a little bit more when you have a pitcher like that."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Freddy was not on today. He got behind in counts and when your not on against the Indians you will be hit."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He makes any lineup stronger. This kid is a professional hitter. He knows what he is doing. I don't have to worry about him while he is in the lineup.

    • Ozzie Guillen: If Nomo throws strikes, I believe he can still get people out. It's hard to make any decisions, or say anything, when you only see a guy for six or seven innings ."

    • Ozzie Guillen: [Logan] has a pretty good chance to be on the club the way he throws the ball, the way he handles hitters."

    • Ozzie Guillen: The decision has to be what is the benefit to the club, not the benefit for the kid."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I've always got to have a Plan B. Always."

    • Ozzie Guillen: If he wants to get it done, I'll throw six balls right down the middle of the plate and let him hit six home runs, and let him do whatever he wants to do. He'll get it. I think it would be great for baseball, great for the game, because now we put another name on top of those names.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He threw the crap out of the ball for the first time this spring training. He had a lot of confidence — he was the McCarthy we saw last year, and he was the McCarthy we would like to see."

    • Ozzie Guillen: (Friday), you get loose and warm up and your body give into it. All of a sudden, the next day, that's when you start getting soreness."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I told them 2005 is over, and we're going to be a target to everyone in baseball.

    • Ozzie Guillen: On paper we look really strong. We have another year to compete. Hopefully we stay healthy. I think we have another good year."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Sometimes when you win the World Series you clean the house and get a new team. It's not easy, no matter what you do. (General manager) Kenny Williams has given us a good shot to repeat."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I saw him in a couple of minor league games and he looked really good. He can do a lot for us. When he gets on base he charges the batteries of everybody."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "The velocity is there. But I talked to him early spring and before the last outing that I don't want 97 or 98 [mph]. I want strikes. No matter how hard you throw, you aren't going to get people out if you're behind."

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's about time. You know, we've waited almost a month-and-a-half to see that.

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I talked to him. We talked. He said he didn't mean it like it sounded. It wasn't that I was (angry), but I was sad because I've known Dusty since I was 2."

    • Ozzie Guillen: That's OK. We'll see who owns the town now. Dusty, I don't like what he said. I thought we were friends."

    • Ozzie Guillen: The rivalry between the Cubs and the White Sox, as soon as you take the field, you try to play better against them. I know this is a big deal for Chicago fans."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I like what I see. He throws strikes. He did a tremendous job. Right now he's going to be the talk of the next couple of days."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't care if you play little league last year, you perform here, and open my eyes, we are going to keep you.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I have never seen anything like this. Here is a shot, take it, and nobody is grabbing it."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Right now, he's the talk of the next couple of days. I'm not afraid to take him [on the 25-man roster]."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We have 20 guys in there. They have been inconsistent, way inconsistent. It's going to kill them.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I like what I see. He was throwing a lot of strikes. We will take a better look when the games start in the minor leagues. It's a first-time outing, and we are going to keep our eyes on him."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We have to get him ready so he knows how to prepare."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Strikes. He makes guys swing bats. He's not afraid."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Right now he does. All I want to see him do is throw strikes. He was supposed to go in for one inning and it was so quick he had another shot. And he did a tremendous job and right now, he's going to be the talk of the next couple of days.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I am not panicking. I just expect him to throw more strikes."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I want strikes. No matter how hard you throw, you are not going to get people out if you are behind hitters. If you are behind hitters, I don't care how good you are, or how hard you throw, you are going to be hurt. I expect him to throw more strikes and attack the strike zone."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We're going to continue to look around and see what happens."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I worry about the guys who have the opportunity to make the team and they don't take advantage of it. Right now they all [stink]. . . . That's one of the reasons we are bringing Logan [to big-league camp]. We'll keep looking around and see if anybody can do the job."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I never worry about this kid. He is throwing the ball well and he has thrown the ball where it is supposed to be."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We don't have anything against Frank. I don't think anybody should. Frank never did anything bad for us."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I think he should talk about the Oakland Athletics."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We've got five starters who go deep [into games], so we might not have to go crazy about hurrying to get somebody. I would worry if [the starters] went down."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Right now I can't count on him. We're going to see what happens, but right now we'll look for people to replace him.

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I told him not to worry about it. I told him not to put too much pressure on himself. The way he hits, his timing has to be perfect. But there are still a lot of games left down here and he's going to have plenty of at-bats to get his stuff together."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It is still early but I still have a lot of concerns about his back. We will see what happens but we are going to go out and look for people to replace him."

    • Ozzie Guillen: One of the biggest reasons we are here is because of Iguchi. He moves guys over. ... He hits home runs. ... He does everything.

    • Ozzie Guillen: When he came to the States, he knows he's got to change the game for us, and he did. If you look at my team from a manager's view, one of the biggest reasons we're here is because of Iguchi.

    • Ozzie Guillen: This kid does everything for the team. That's why I keep saying this kid is my MVP.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I loved that. You don't see that everyplace. That shows that they knew Cleveland had a great season.

    • Ozzie Guillen: The only time we didn't execute was in the first game of the ALCS.

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We just play. We played 162 games with the same attitude."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I think that was the only legit ball they hit off him. He did a tremendous job."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It's an amazing job this kid did over the last year and a half. This kid came in with a lot of problems, mechanic and keeping his pitches. I always say Contreras got the best arm in my staff."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "If you told me in April that Jose Contreras was going to be my ace and Bobby Jenks was going to be my closer, I would tell you I don't think we're going to win this."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I'm a guy that doesn't like to change lineups. I believe in the players, I believe those guys got me here, and I'd like to stick with the same people."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "This kid went from my last starter to No.1 in the playoffs for us. If you told me in April that Contreras was going to be my ace and Bobby Jenks was going to be my closer, I would tell you I don't think we're going to win this."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Most of the time we'd start a trip in Oakland, the pitching staff in Oakland would give us a lot of problems, and then we'd move to Anaheim and carry the problem here."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It's an amazing job this kid did over the last year and a half. This kid came in with a lot of problems, mechanics and keeping his pitches down. I always say Contreras got the best arm on my staff. There's not a doubt about it. It was a matter of time when he got more confidence and he was throwing more strikes."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "All of a sudden I see AJ running. I am confused. I don't know what's going on. Some say the ball hit the dirt."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He convinced me he was ready to go. We need this kid. ... Especially with the two teams we might play, New York or Anaheim, we need two lefties (in the bullpen)."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "If we start Garland in the first game, we're going to hurt three guys. I know it's not fair for Gar. ... It's not my fault we won in only three (games). ... Sometimes you have to make a decision you don't want to."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "You don't see that everyplace. I think the Cleveland fans should be proud of this team, what this team did, what it did for baseball. They're going to be a team to watch for years to come."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We haven't done anything yet. We haven't earned anything. We don't deserve to be in the spotlight. Boston, New York, that's the show. That's prime time. I don't blame them. The Yankees are the Yankees. The White Sox haven't done anything yet.

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I told Sizemore, 'Keep playing kid, you and your team had a great season. He's a player who is great for baseball. The bad news is that I've got to face him."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Freddy is supposed to be a big-game pitcher. Everything is in Freddy's odds. He should be all right."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He (Contreras) has the best stuff on the staff from top to bottom. No doubt about it."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Hopefully we can get somebody who can run. I want a second hitter so we can put Iguchi down in the sixth or seventh spot to get more (run production) out of him."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "In Venezuela, many people have a soft spot for the White Sox. So many Venezuelans have passed through there, ... Venezuelans also have always known one of my goals has been to put my country on the highest pedestal. Because of that, they're happy."

    • Ozzie Guillen: To me, our pitching and our defense weren't strong enough (in '04), ... Now we can win games 3-2 with a squeeze. Last year, it never went through my mind to squeeze."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Today I was in the clubhouse and we were watching the highlights, ... You do get goose bumps. But in the meanwhile, you've got to be careful. No matter what you do today, just prepare yourself for tomorrow. Don't get too cocky."

    • Ozzie Guillen: ""Bleep, ... I don't want it to work."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "One of the biggest reasons we are here is because of Iguchi, ... He moves guys over. ... He hits home runs. ... He does everything."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "When he came to the States, he knows he's got to change the game for us, and he did, ... If you look at my team from a manager's view, one of the biggest reasons we're here is because of Iguchi."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "This kid does everything for the team, ... That's why I keep saying this kid is my MVP."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Freddy is supposed to be a big-game pitcher. Everything is in Freddy's odds. He should be all right.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Contreras has the best stuff on the staff from top to bottom. No doubt about it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Hopefully we can get somebody who can run. I want a second hitter so we can put Iguchi down in the sixth or seventh spot to get more run production out of him.

    • Ozzie Guillen: In Venezuela, many people have a soft spot for the White Sox. So many Venezuelans have passed through there, ... Venezuelans also have always known one of my goals has been to put my country on the highest pedestal. Because of that, they're happy.

    • Ozzie Guillen: To me, our pitching and our defense weren't strong enough (in '04), ... Now we can win games 3-2 with a squeeze. Last year, it never went through my mind to squeeze.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Today I was in the clubhouse and we were watching the highlights, ... You do get goose bumps. But in the meanwhile, you've got to be careful. No matter what you do today, just prepare yourself for tomorrow. Don't get too cocky.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Bleep, ... I don't want it to work.

    • Ozzie Guillen: One of the biggest reasons we are here is because of Iguchi, ... He moves guys over. ... He hits home runs. ... He does everything.

    • Ozzie Guillen: When he came to the States, he knows he's got to change the game for us, and he did, ... If you look at my team from a manager's view, one of the biggest reasons we're here is because of Iguchi."

    • Ozzie Guillen: This kid does everything for the team, ... That's why I keep saying this kid is my MVP."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I loved that, ... You don't see that everyplace. That shows that they knew Cleveland had a great season."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't have any worries about my bullpen, ... We win a lot of ballgames because of them."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "The only time we didn't execute was in the first game [of the ALCS],"

    • Ozzie Guillen: "If you told me in April that Jose Contreras was going to be my ace and Bobby Jenks was going to be my closer, I would tell you I don't think we're going to win this,"

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We just play, ... We played 162 games with the same attitude."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think that was the only legit ball they hit off him, ... He did a tremendous job."

    • Ozzie Guillen: No offense to Juan Gonzalez, who is a friend, ... but the best thing to happen to Cleveland was when Juan got hurt and they let Sizemore play every day. The best player in the Central is Sizemore."

    • Ozzie Guillen: The inning ends, A.J. comes waddling over, ... and says 'Try English next time.' If you don't know A.J., you'd go crazy. I know him now, [so] I just laughed.

    • Ozzie Guillen: This kid went from my last starter to No.1 in the playoffs for us, ... If you told me in April that Contreras was going to be my ace and Bobby Jenks was going to be my closer, I would tell you I don't think we're going to win this."

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's an amazing job this kid did over the last year and a half, ... This kid came in with a lot of problems, mechanics and keeping his pitches down. I always say Contreras got the best arm on my staff. There's not a doubt about it. It was a matter of time when he got more confidence and he was throwing more strikes."

    • Ozzie Guillen: All of a sudden I see AJ running. I am confused. I don't know what's going on. Some say the ball hit the dirt.

    • Ozzie Guillen: When the planes went over the stadium in Anaheim [during the American League Championship Series last week], I said a prayer,"

    • Ozzie Guillen: Just put down 'bleep.' It's OK. Lots of things I say in the paper have bleeps in them,"

    • Ozzie Guillen: He convinced me he was ready to go, ... We need this kid. ... Especially with the two teams we might play, New York or Anaheim, we need two lefties (in the bullpen)."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "If we start Garland in the first game, we're going to hurt three guys, ... I know it's not fair for Gar. ... It's not my fault we won in only three (games). ... Sometimes you have to make a decision you don't want to."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I told Sizemore, 'Keep playing kid, you and your team had a great season, ... He's a player who is great for baseball. The bad news is that I've got to face him."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Freddy is supposed to be a big-game pitcher, ... Everything is in Freddy's odds. He should be all right.

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It's a great feeling. The funny thing about this is when I won the World Series, a lot of people felt that was my dream. That was my goal, to win the World Series. To do this is something real special.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We're going to do those papers soon.

    • Ozzie Guillen: My country, we're not together and we are now and just because the White Sox win. It's a great feeling to be part of that. It's a great feeling to know you do something good for your country - because I know how they feel."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We had great players, but we were not a great team (in 2004). We hit more home runs than anybody, but we gave up more home runs than anybody. We could not play defense, we could not pitch, we could not execute. You don't do those three things in baseball, good luck."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Well there is a thing I would say to the mayor. I would say I've been in this country for 25 years and I don't have American citizenship. He should help me do that. I'll criticize him because they don't give me American citizenship.

    • Ozzie Guillen: If you come to watch a baseball game, the team to watch right now is the White Sox because we're in first place. If you want to visit another museum, go to Wrigley Field."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't say anything to hurt people and I always speak the truth. So there is no reason I shouldn't say what I think."

    • Ozzie Guillen: El Duque has a year left on his contract with Chicago and hopefully in that year we can make the most of him because he's a winner and knows what he needs to do on the mound."

    • Ozzie Guillen: The expectations for next year are greater but we need to take things step by step. It's a matter of 25 or 30 baseball players. We already know what we must do. Hopefully, the team will return to form.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't believe that in the next round of voting I will be selected for the Hall of Fame, but just being on the ballot makes me proud."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It took the Minnesota Twins to make me think we have to change. I knew they don't have any superstars, but they kept winning. When me and Kenny make the decision to change this team, we talked a lot because it was not easy. The only way we could build this team was around pitching and defense and speed."

    • Ozzie Guillen: They trade everyone. I don't know what's the reason to trade all those kids."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Today I was in the clubhouse and we were watching the highlights. You do get goose bumps. But in the meanwhile, you've got to be careful. No matter what you do today, just prepare yourself for tomorrow. Don't get too cocky."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I hate Wrigley Field. We'd have to win seven World Series in a row."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I think Mark is one of the most underrated pitchers in the game now. Hopefully with this playoff and the World Series … people will give him the recognition."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think Mark is one of the most underrated pitchers in the game right now."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Everybody talks about caliber. I think Cleveland has a better team than New York right now.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Losing Tony is something that is hard on the Latin community."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I told you guys at the winter meetings, I expect it to be in June. Not because I'm Joe Doctor, just because that kind of injury and the size Frank is, it feels like it's going to be a little longer."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We've just had horses -- teams.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He's aggressive. He has great instinct, and he isn't afraid to pull the trigger. There's a reason why they did so well. People will say they have a great pitching staff, but you have to make it work.

    • Ozzie Guillen: In National League games, we might double-switch or pinch-hit. Hopefully the bullpen has stayed sharp, and the hitters on the bench.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I hope White Sox fans don't take it the wrong way like they always take me. But on our chest, in the beautiful city of Chicago, it says 'White Sox.' And when we play on the road, we represent Chicago, the city. I think we've got something that's going on here that's nice for the city. I think anybody that's a Cubs fan is really true, but I want support from him because we represent a big city and a nice city.

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I knew 100 percent, for sure. In Game 2, it was close. This play, anybody could see."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "The first inning set the tone. Every time we score early in the game, we seem like we play better baseball."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Don't forget what we did to win the game. I don't want to concentrate on the calls."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I think Josh Paul made everything confused. Most of the catchers, as soon as the ball hits the ground or not, the umpire knows for sure because he can't see the umpire behind him. He didn't know if he was calling safe or out. Most of the guys tag the [runner], just for insurance. Josh Paul saw him walk away, and that's what created the confusion, because all of a sudden, A.J. don't feel when he touch him. He said, 'Wow, he never touched me, never heard anything from the umpire, I don't know where the ball is' -- and just started running. Josh created a little confusion there with the umpire."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Good pitching staff. I think that right now those guys throw the ball well. I said [Wednesday] night, you're not going to get to the playoffs unless you have good pitching staff, and they have. They have, to me, the best in baseball, or at least the American League. They're so good, they don't have a lefty. They don't need one. That's how good they are."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "As I said before the game, I don't believe they would be tired. As soon as you put a uniform on, you forget about pains."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I can eat and drink for free in Chicago. What's better than that?"

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I don't think I have anybody in the starting rotation who's gone through this. But my pitchers don't care about anything. They go out and throw the ball. They don't care who they face."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "This kid has got the potential to be one of the best hitters in baseball. He needs to get better offensively. Maybe the expectation when I got this job was so high. When you're going to do it, hopefully do it with us and hopefully do it quick."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I just had a meeting and I told everybody I feel proud of my team. I feel proud because they went out and did everything they could do to win this game. We had a chance to win it even with the guys all over the place out of position. I could not be more pleased the way my team reacted."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I knew 100 percent, for sure. In Game 2, it was close. This play, anybody could see."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "The first inning set the tone. Every time we score early in the game, we seem like we play better baseball."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Don't forget what we did to win the game. I don't want to concentrate on the calls."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I think Josh Paul made everything confused. Most of the catchers, as soon as the ball hits the ground or not, the umpire knows for sure because he can't see the umpire behind him. He didn't know if he was calling safe or out. Most of the guys tag the [runner], just for insurance. Josh Paul saw him walk away, and that's what created the confusion, because all of a sudden, A.J. don't feel when he touch him. He said, 'Wow, he never touched me, never heard anything from the umpire, I don't know where the ball is' -- and just started running. Josh created a little confusion there with the umpire."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Good pitching staff. I think that right now those guys throw the ball well. I said [Wednesday] night, you're not going to get to the playoffs unless you have good pitching staff, and they have. They have, to me, the best in baseball, or at least the American League. They're so good, they don't have a lefty. They don't need one. That's how good they are."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "As I said before the game, I don't believe they would be tired. As soon as you put a uniform on, you forget about pains."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I can eat and drink for free in Chicago. What's better than that?"

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I don't think I have anybody in the starting rotation who's gone through this. But my pitchers don't care about anything. They go out and throw the ball. They don't care who they face."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "This kid has got the potential to be one of the best hitters in baseball. He needs to get better offensively. Maybe the expectation when I got this job was so high. When you're going to do it, hopefully do it with us and hopefully do it quick."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I just had a meeting and I told everybody I feel proud of my team. I feel proud because they went out and did everything they could do to win this game. We had a chance to win it even with the guys all over the place out of position. I could not be more pleased the way my team reacted."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "You have those guys in the lineup, and you pray for the best."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I've only been thrown out four times in my career, not my managing career. If I get tossed from the game, I think I let the team down. If a manager is not there in a playoff game I think you lose the respect of your team. I need my players and my players need me."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We're going to use him as quickly as we can."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "This kid has really impressed me. I saw this kid in spring training and I really like the way he throws. The best thing about this kid is he's not afraid."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I was disappointed we didn't play better. We didn't do what we do all year long. We have a team that has to execute [the little things] to win. That's our game, but we didn't do the job. When we fail to do that, it's hard for us to win. We don't have the type of team that's going to score 20 runs."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I said earlier in the day that when we score first, we have a chance. But when you play against that team, if you're up by 6 runs your heart is still pumping."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "El Duque will skip one start. We'll see how he throws before we make a decision."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I believe in him. He's got to get better."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We'll let people know when we play bad, and I'll let my players know when they play good. I think my players should go to sleep good today, keep his head up and be ready tomorrow to play."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We were one pitch to get out of the inning, and we didn't get it done."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "They're the world champions. They know how to play in the playoffs. They have the veterans. We can't be worrying about facing Manny or stuff like that. We have to play White Sox baseball."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Hopefully, we sneak up and bite them. But we haven't done anything yet. We haven't earned that spotlight like everybody else. ... We are the Cinderella of the playoffs. It's a great feeling when they don't pick you and all of a sudden you make it."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We knew it was just a matter of time. He had the arm. He just had to get the confidence."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He's been great with the club."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "A couple of my guys need rest. They've been playing a lot of baseball. I gotta rest my players."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I'm glad he's here. I'm glad his family's fine. I hope his little baby keeps him hot because he was swinging the bat real well, and he'll be ready for [today]."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We appreciate the way the fans have turned out this year. But you have an empty feeling in your stomach when you come out and see half of the ballpark empty. The players earned the people to be watching. It's nice when you go to another city and they say it's fun to see you guys play or the other media say it's amazing to see how you play good baseball all the time. And then you come to Chicago and you feel like you are missing something. You feel like we've done what we have to do to bring people to the ballpark."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I think this series should be the most important series we've played all year."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "That thing can cause you a lot of trouble. If (they) don't (cheat), you make yourself feel like a fool."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He asked me about it. Hermanson told me, 'Whatever is best for the team, I'm willing to do it.' He told me that. I didn't tell him that. I told him, 'Just be prepared.' I might change my mind."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He is the one who is throwing the ball better. That's why, for the next couple of weeks, I can't please players, I have to win games."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He is going back there. You have to put him back on the mound."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "[Hernandez] has brought me all the way to here to this point. I have a lot of confidence in El Duque. He had one bad outing. We're going to stay the same way, but in the next couple of days, we could change our mind when we see how El Duque feels."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I'm not going to say they hit him on purpose. But (Ramirez) never hit anybody. When you see how big a game Dye had, I don't like the way it happened."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Right when we needed it. This was a big game for the team. I don't know what it means to him, his first major league win, but for the team, that's a big win, huge."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "When you score nine runs, these are games you have to win, no doubt about it. When your best thing is the pitching staff and you score nine runs for the pitching staff we've had all year, no way we should have lost. We have to look in the mirror and pitch better."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "When you score nine runs, you should have a win. We pitched poorly. Freddy pitched really, really poorly. We have to look ourselves in the mirror and pitch better.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He has potential to be the closer. As long as he stays healthy, then he'll be good.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He's been solid for us, so I'm not going to blast him. I'm not going to criticize any of my players for making errors. That's part of the game.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's not a confusing problem for me because I can say McCarthy isn't pitching any more, that's it. I have enough guts to do that. I'm crazy enough to say that. But right now that's not the point. The point is what's the best for the team, not what's best for McCarthy.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's time to see what he has and if he can help us now in the stretch.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He swung the bat [Friday], and he was ready to go.

    • Ozzie Guillen: If 'Duque' throws well, we'll see how we'll use him, but this guy will be in the mix. It's just a matter of how we use him.

    • Ozzie Guillen: That's something that hopefully won't happen again. If we're going to face [the Angels] in the playoffs, if we get that opportunity, I'll take my chances.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I expect to win when these guys pitch.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We cannot relax. We have to fight all the way to the end. We have (six) games against Cleveland at the end of the season. It's not over until it's over.

    • Ozzie Guillen: His problem is when he walks people. When he starts walking people and throwing balls all over the place, he gets in trouble.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We're not going to use them. Making the trip for no reason, Boston is real uncomfortable, the clubhouse is small.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Yes. And that's why I don't want to hurry it. We have kind of an idea about what we're going to do. I have to talk to [general manager] Kenny [Williams] about this, I have to talk to [pitching coach Don] Cooper about this, but we have to do it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: This kid's got an opportunity to be one of the best pitchers in baseball. He has great stuff, he's got guts and he's learning how to pitch.

    • Ozzie Guillen: When you have opportunities and you don't take advantage, you're going to pay for it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Freddy is supposed to be a big-game pitcher. Everything is in Freddy's odds. He should be all right."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He (Contreras) has the best stuff on the staff from top to bottom. No doubt about it."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Hopefully we can get somebody who can run. I want a second hitter so we can put Iguchi down in the sixth or seventh spot to get more (run production) out of him."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "In Venezuela, many people have a soft spot for the White Sox. So many Venezuelans have passed through there, ... Venezuelans also have always known one of my goals has been to put my country on the highest pedestal. Because of that, they're happy."

    • Ozzie Guillen: To me, our pitching and our defense weren't strong enough (in '04), ... Now we can win games 3-2 with a squeeze. Last year, it never went through my mind to squeeze."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Today I was in the clubhouse and we were watching the highlights, ... You do get goose bumps. But in the meanwhile, you've got to be careful. No matter what you do today, just prepare yourself for tomorrow. Don't get too cocky."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Bleep, ... I don't want it to work."

    • Ozzie Guillen: One of the biggest reasons we are here is because of Iguchi, ... He moves guys over. ... He hits home runs. ... He does everything."

    • Ozzie Guillen: When he came to the States, he knows he's got to change the game for us, and he did, ... If you look at my team from a manager's view, one of the biggest reasons we're here is because of Iguchi."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "This kid does everything for the team, ... That's why I keep saying this kid is my MVP."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I loved that, ... You don't see that everyplace. That shows that they knew Cleveland had a great season."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I don't have any worries about my bullpen, ... We win a lot of ballgames because of them."

    • Ozzie Guillen: The only time we didn't execute was in the first game [of the ALCS],"

    • Ozzie Guillen: If you told me in April that Jose Contreras was going to be my ace and Bobby Jenks was going to be my closer, I would tell you I don't think we're going to win this,"

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We just play, ... We played 162 games with the same attitude."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think that was the only legit ball they hit off him, ... He did a tremendous job."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "No offense to Juan Gonzalez, who is a friend, ... but the best thing to happen to Cleveland was when Juan got hurt and they let Sizemore play every day. The best player in the Central is Sizemore."

    • Ozzie Guillen: The inning ends, A.J. comes waddling over, ... and says 'Try English next time.' If you don't know A.J., you'd go crazy. I know him now, [so] I just laughed.

    • Ozzie Guillen: This kid went from my last starter to No.1 in the playoffs for us, ... If you told me in April that Contreras was going to be my ace and Bobby Jenks was going to be my closer, I would tell you I don't think we're going to win this."

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's an amazing job this kid did over the last year and a half, ... This kid came in with a lot of problems, mechanics and keeping his pitches down. I always say Contreras got the best arm on my staff. There's not a doubt about it. It was a matter of time when he got more confidence and he was throwing more strikes."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "All of a sudden I see AJ running. I am confused. I don't know what's going on. Some say the ball hit the dirt,"

    • Ozzie Guillen: "When the planes went over the stadium in Anaheim [during the American League Championship Series last week], I said a prayer,"

    • Ozzie Guillen: Just put down 'bleep.' It's OK. Lots of things I say in the paper have bleeps in them,"

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He convinced me he was ready to go, ... We need this kid. ... Especially with the two teams we might play, New York or Anaheim, we need two lefties (in the bullpen)."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "If we start Garland in the first game, we're going to hurt three guys, ... I know it's not fair for Gar. ... It's not my fault we won in only three (games). ... Sometimes you have to make a decision you don't want to."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I told Sizemore, 'Keep playing kid, you and your team had a great season, ... He's a player who is great for baseball. The bad news is that I've got to face him."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Freddy is supposed to be a big-game pitcher, ... Everything is in Freddy's odds. He should be all right."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It's a great feeling. The funny thing about this is when I won the World Series, a lot of people felt that was my dream. That was my goal, to win the World Series. To do this is something real special."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We're going to do those papers soon."

    • Ozzie Guillen: My country, we're not together and we are now and just because the White Sox win. It's a great feeling to be part of that. It's a great feeling to know you do something good for your country - because I know how they feel."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We had great players, but we were not a great team (in 2004). We hit more home runs than anybody, but we gave up more home runs than anybody. We could not play defense, we could not pitch, we could not execute. You don't do those three things in baseball, good luck."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Well there is a thing I would say to the mayor. I would say I've been in this country for 25 years and I don't have American citizenship. He should help me do that. I'll criticize him because they don't give me American citizenship."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "If you come to watch a baseball game, the team to watch right now is the White Sox because we're in first place. If you want to visit another museum, go to Wrigley Field."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't say anything to hurt people and I always speak the truth. So there is no reason I shouldn't say what I think."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "El Duque has a year left on his contract with Chicago and hopefully in that year we can make the most of him because he's a winner and knows what he needs to do on the mound.

    • Ozzie Guillen: The expectations for next year are greater but we need to take things step by step. It's a matter of 25 or 30 baseball players. We already know what we must do. Hopefully, the team will return to form."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't believe that in the next round of voting I will be selected for the Hall of Fame, but just being on the ballot makes me proud."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It took the Minnesota Twins to make me think we have to change. I knew they don't have any superstars, but they kept winning. When me and Kenny make the decision to change this team, we talked a lot because it was not easy. The only way we could build this team was around pitching and defense and speed."

    • Ozzie Guillen: They trade everyone. I don't know what's the reason to trade all those kids."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Today I was in the clubhouse and we were watching the highlights. You do get goose bumps. But in the meanwhile, you've got to be careful. No matter what you do today, just prepare yourself for tomorrow. Don't get too cocky."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I hate Wrigley Field. We'd have to win seven World Series in a row."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I think Mark is one of the most underrated pitchers in the game now. Hopefully with this playoff and the World Series … people will give him the recognition."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I think Mark is one of the most underrated pitchers in the game right now."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Everybody talks about caliber. I think Cleveland has a better team than New York right now."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Losing Tony is something that is hard on the Latin community."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I told you guys at the winter meetings, I expect it to be in June. Not because I'm Joe Doctor, just because that kind of injury and the size Frank is, it feels like it's going to be a little longer."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We've just had horses -- teams."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He's aggressive. He has great instinct, and he isn't afraid to pull the trigger. There's a reason why they did so well. People will say they have a great pitching staff, but you have to make it work."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "In National League games, we might double-switch or pinch-hit. Hopefully the bullpen has stayed sharp, and the hitters [on the bench]."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I hope White Sox fans don't take it the wrong way like they always take me. But on our chest, in the beautiful city of Chicago, it says 'White Sox.' And when we play on the road, we represent Chicago, the city. I think we've got something that's going on here that's nice for the city. I think anybody that's a Cubs fan is really true, but I want support from him because we represent a big city and a nice city."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I knew 100 percent, for sure. In Game 2, it was close. This play, anybody could see."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "The first inning set the tone. Every time we score early in the game, we seem like we play better baseball."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Don't forget what we did to win the game. I don't want to concentrate on the calls."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I think Josh Paul made everything confused. Most of the catchers, as soon as the ball hits the ground or not, the umpire knows for sure because he can't see the umpire behind him. He didn't know if he was calling safe or out. Most of the guys tag the [runner], just for insurance. Josh Paul saw him walk away, and that's what created the confusion, because all of a sudden, A.J. don't feel when he touch him. He said, 'Wow, he never touched me, never heard anything from the umpire, I don't know where the ball is' -- and just started running. Josh created a little confusion there with the umpire."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Good pitching staff. I think that right now those guys throw the ball well. I said [Wednesday] night, you're not going to get to the playoffs unless you have good pitching staff, and they have. They have, to me, the best in baseball, or at least the American League. They're so good, they don't have a lefty. They don't need one. That's how good they are."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "As I said before the game, I don't believe they would be tired. As soon as you put a uniform on, you forget about pains."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I can eat and drink for free in Chicago. What's better than that?"

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I don't think I have anybody in the starting rotation who's gone through this. But my pitchers don't care about anything. They go out and throw the ball. They don't care who they face."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "This kid has got the potential to be one of the best hitters in baseball. He needs to get better offensively. Maybe the expectation when I got this job was so high. When you're going to do it, hopefully do it with us and hopefully do it quick."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I just had a meeting and I told everybody I feel proud of my team. I feel proud because they went out and did everything they could do to win this game. We had a chance to win it even with the guys all over the place out of position. I could not be more pleased the way my team reacted."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "You have those guys in the lineup, and you pray for the best."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I've only been thrown out four times in my career, not my managing career. If I get tossed from the game, I think I let the team down. If a manager is not there in a playoff game I think you lose the respect of your team. I need my players and my players need me."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We're going to use him as quickly as we can."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "This kid has really impressed me. I saw this kid in spring training and I really like the way he throws. The best thing about this kid is he's not afraid."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I was disappointed we didn't play better. We didn't do what we do all year long. We have a team that has to execute [the little things] to win. That's our game, but we didn't do the job. When we fail to do that, it's hard for us to win. We don't have the type of team that's going to score 20 runs."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I said earlier in the day that when we score first, we have a chance. But when you play against that team, if you're up by 6 runs your heart is still pumping."

    • Ozzie Guillen: El Duque will skip one start. We'll see how he throws before we make a decision."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I believe in him. He's got to get better."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We'll let people know when we play bad, and I'll let my players know when they play good. I think my players should go to sleep good today, keep his head up and be ready tomorrow to play."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "We were one pitch to get out of the inning, and we didn't get it done."

    • Ozzie Guillen: They're the world champions. They know how to play in the playoffs. They have the veterans. We can't be worrying about facing Manny or stuff like that. We have to play White Sox baseball."

    • Ozzie Guillen: Hopefully, we sneak up and bite them. But we haven't done anything yet. We haven't earned that spotlight like everybody else. ... We are the Cinderella of the playoffs. It's a great feeling when they don't pick you and all of a sudden you make it."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We knew it was just a matter of time. He had the arm. He just had to get the confidence."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He's been great with the club."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "A couple of my guys need rest. They've been playing a lot of baseball. I gotta rest my players."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I'm glad he's here. I'm glad his family's fine. I hope his little baby keeps him hot because he was swinging the bat real well, and he'll be ready for [today]."

    • Ozzie Guillen: We appreciate the way the fans have turned out this year. But you have an empty feeling in your stomach when you come out and see half of the ballpark empty. The players earned the people to be watching. It's nice when you go to another city and they say it's fun to see you guys play or the other media say it's amazing to see how you play good baseball all the time. And then you come to Chicago and you feel like you are missing something. You feel like we've done what we have to do to bring people to the ballpark."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I think this series should be the most important series we've played all year."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "That thing can cause you a lot of trouble. If (they) don't (cheat), you make yourself feel like a fool."

    • Ozzie Guillen: He asked me about it. Hermanson told me, 'Whatever is best for the team, I'm willing to do it.' He told me that. I didn't tell him that. I told him, 'Just be prepared.' I might change my mind."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He is the one who is throwing the ball better. That's why, for the next couple of weeks, I can't please players, I have to win games."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He is going back there. You have to put him back on the mound."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "[Hernandez] has brought me all the way to here to this point. I have a lot of confidence in El Duque. He had one bad outing. We're going to stay the same way, but in the next couple of days, we could change our mind when we see how El Duque feels."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I'm not going to say they hit him on purpose. But (Ramirez) never hit anybody. When you see how big a game Dye had, I don't like the way it happened."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "Right when we needed it. This was a big game for the team. I don't know what it means to him, his first major league win, but for the team, that's a big win, huge."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "When you score nine runs, these are games you have to win, no doubt about it. When your best thing is the pitching staff and you score nine runs for the pitching staff we've had all year, no way we should have lost. We have to look in the mirror and pitch better."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "When you score nine runs, you should have a win. We pitched poorly. Freddy pitched really, really poorly. We have to look ourselves in the mirror and pitch better."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He has potential to be the closer. As long as he stays healthy, then he'll be good."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "He's been solid for us, so I'm not going to blast him. I'm not going to criticize any of my players for making errors. That's part of the game."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It's not a confusing problem for me because I can say McCarthy isn't pitching any more, that's it. I have enough guts to do that. I'm crazy enough to say that. But right now that's not the point. The point is what's the best for the team, not what's best for McCarthy."

    • Ozzie Guillen: "It's time to see what he has and if he can help us now in the stretch.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He swung the bat [Friday], and he was ready to go.

    • Ozzie Guillen: If 'Duque' throws well, we'll see how we'll use him, but this guy will be in the mix. It's just a matter of how we use him.

    • Ozzie Guillen: That's something that hopefully won't happen again. If we're going to face [the Angels] in the playoffs, if we get that opportunity, I'll take my chances."

    • Ozzie Guillen: I expect to win when these guys pitch.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We cannot relax. We have to fight all the way to the end. We have (six) games against Cleveland at the end of the season. It's not over until it's over.

    • Ozzie Guillen: His problem is when he walks people. When he starts walking people and throwing balls all over the place, he gets in trouble.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We're not going to use them. Making the trip for no reason, Boston is real uncomfortable, the clubhouse is small.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Yes. And that's why I don't want to hurry it. We have kind of an idea about what we're going to do. I have to talk to [general manager] Kenny [Williams] about this, I have to talk to [pitching coach Don] Cooper about this, but we have to do it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: This kid's got an opportunity to be one of the best pitchers in baseball. He has great stuff, he's got guts and he's learning how to pitch.

    • Ozzie Guillen: If he's not here, we don't think about him. If he's here, great. We can see him, see how he is. I know a couple of the guys here would be really happy to see him.

    • Ozzie Guillen: This kid comes out in a big game like this and pitched like he did, he should have come out with the win.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He did it all today. He showed up big. He stepped up and did a tremendous job.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's his fault we had to go 13 innings.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Anderson having a game like this gives me an opportunity to give (Aaron) Rowland another day off.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He did a tremendous job. He knew how bad we needed it and he did it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I throw a lot of them under the bus so they won't have excuses when they lose,

    • Ozzie Guillen: But don't forget this is business. In this business, you cannot think with your heart. You have to think with your brains. Usually when you think with your brains, a lot of people are going to be disappointed. You think with your heart in this business, you're not going to have success.

    • Ozzie Guillen: The more important thing now is Frank's health,

    • Ozzie Guillen: We have to bring the best from the minor leagues to help this team play, ... If they're not ready to play, then they'll have to go back to (Triple-A) Charlotte to learn.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I want more speed

    • Ozzie Guillen: We don't need superstars. We need guys who worry about the name on the chest more than the name on the back of the uniform. The only bad thing about this was, we won a lot of games by one run or two runs, and that drives me crazy.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I want to be like Michael Jordan, have rings all over the place.

    • Ozzie Guillen: There's nothing better than to be around that man because he will teach you how to handle things on the field and off the field.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's not easy to manage right now because there are a lot of players making big money, a lot of players with attitudes. The type of players I have in my clubhouse, those are the type of players that anyone can win with.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I never believe managers win games or managers lose games. The type of players I have in my clubhouse, those are the type of players that can win with anybody running the club.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't have bodyguards, but the trophy has like five guys taking care of it

    • Ozzie Guillen: This is for all of Venezuela, ... I'm filled with pride, that a Venezuelan can hold this trophy in his hands.

    • Ozzie Guillen: When a man signs a contract he should honor it, ... They signed me for three seasons to win ... they were going to pay me just the same whether or not we were champions.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I assured him if it gets passed around by drunken ballplayers after winning, it wouldn't be broken in Venezuela

    • Ozzie Guillen: "In Chicago they're thanking me for a championship; here they're thanking me for making them happy. For that reason, I had to bring the World Series trophy to Venezuela

    • Ozzie Guillen: I have 10 fingers, I hope to fill them with rings.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I said I liked Chavez, but with some ideology and ideas I don't agree, ... It doesn't matter to me what they think. Why not say that I like the president?

    • Ozzie Guillen: I'm going to try to bring the World Series trophy so that my country may enjoy what the people of the U.S. enjoy, ... It's the first time the World Series trophy is going to leave the United States.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It was amazing to see them like little kids, jumping up and down,

    • Ozzie Guillen: I'm excited for the people here. They wait so long for this to happen. It was a lot of work but a great thing to get it done.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We just had horses--- pitching. We didn't pitch good.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I will be back next year.

    • Ozzie Guillen: When we put this team together, I never believed it would happen so fast. I'll tell you one thing right now, I will be back next year,

    • Ozzie Guillen: We are here, they are not, because we pitched better.

    • Ozzie Guillen: This is not my dream. This is my goal.

    • Ozzie Guillen: That's all we've done, ... Hopefully, we've got another five months to come and we can play the same way.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Are we playing good baseball? Yes, ... How long are we going to play like this? We'll do it as long as we can. I guarantee one thing: We're going to show up every day and play the same kind of baseball.

    • Ozzie Guillen: People thought I was going to be jumping around my players. I have to respect the opposite team. It went through my mind to say, 'I'm so glad to see my boys, my players jumping back and forth and celebrating this.' Because it was an amazing feeling seeing them like little kids.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Kenny gave me the best guys, ... Not only put the best players on the field, but put the best team players on the field.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We built this team around defense and pitching. I think our defense was one of the biggest reasons we won the World Series, no doubt about it. I knew we were going to play good defense all year long.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Kenny gave me the best. I'm not saying it because we win. I'm saying it because I mean it. Kenny gave me the best guys to fight for me and this team.

    • Ozzie Guillen: The fans in Chicago waited so long with so much patience and were still there for us, rooting for us for I don't know how many years. Good thing we did it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We built this team around defense and pitching. When you've got good defense, your pitching staff is going to be better because they're not going to make that many mistakes.

    • Ozzie Guillen: The sooner you get to the post-season, every game you win you get tougher and tougher and tougher

    • Ozzie Guillen: A good thing happened to us. I think being here for so many years and the fans in Chicago waited so long and had so much patience and are still there for us ... I don't know how many years, 80 or whatever it is ... good thing we did it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: That's why I think it was the difference facing those guys every day. And my team's got to battle against those people. It was not easy.

    • Ozzie Guillen: The American League Central had the best pitching staffs in the American League, period,

    • Ozzie Guillen: I told my players, the last 11 games we have to win are the toughest ones

    • Ozzie Guillen: That's the first time in my life my heart was pounding like crazy. Because I was nervous, because I was so excited, I said, 'When is this moment going to happen? A lot of people are waiting for this moment.' And wow, it came true.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We played great baseball. Our fans have had so much patience. We did this for them.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's the best thing I've accomplished in my career

    • Ozzie Guillen: I'm here because I wanted to do this, bring emotion to Chicago

    • Ozzie Guillen: Today was the first time in my life, the last two innings, my heart was pounding like crazy. I was so excited. So many people were waiting for this moment.

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

    • Ozzie Guillen: Do we need him? Yes. Is he a big part of the group? Yes. Can we play without him? Yes.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I switched my mind, ... It worked for us.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Bobby Cox called me last night and said, 'You'll never retire from baseball; make them retire you,' ... He called me like 4 yesterday and said: 'You're too good a baseball man; people like you. Make those guys fire you. Keep taking money away from them.'

    • Ozzie Guillen: These guys deserve to wear a world championship ring. The team deserves it, the city deserves it, and so does everyone in Venezuela who expressed their unconditional support.

    • Ozzie Guillen: The thing about this team is, every day, somebody different.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Believe it or not.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I have to respect the other manager of the other team, and when your job is manager, I let the guys enjoy themselves and celebrate with the winning.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He can help me play every position. Because the way I play, I like to move people around, I like to pinch-hit for people, and this kid gives me the facility to using him everywhere, first base, second base, shortstop and third and even outfield.

    • Ozzie Guillen: If you're going to win this game, you got to make things happen.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Every day, it's somebody different. I've never seen a team as magical as this one.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Houston has some of the best players coming out of the country, and they trade everyone. I don't know what's the reason to trade all those kids. Houston had Santana and Garcia and Abreu. They are pretty loaded.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't worry about the ballpark. I worry about the guy who's pitching tomorrow.

    • Ozzie Guillen: This isn't golf. It's supposed to be loud.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Things happen so quick and so close it's not easy for a human being to make the reaction or see what happened.

    • Ozzie Guillen: The guy that did it should be brought to Biggio and he can get him back, ... I told the police, 'Don't put him in jail. Bring him to me in the dugout.'

    • Ozzie Guillen: That's when stuff is going your way.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I'm going to root for the guy that fell.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I thought I would see better pitching performances because our pitching staff is pretty good and so is theirs, ... Right now, they're not throwing the ball the way people thought.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I wear it every day because I like the colors, ... If you've noticed, we're always playing against red. We played against Cleveland, then we played against Boston, then we played against the Angels . That's all red. That's why I'm wearing red. The National League teams are a couple of reds, too. That's why I wear it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Whoever get the most hits with two outs is the one that's going to win.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I told the police, 'Don't put him in jail, bring him to me in the dugout. Hopefully, that won't happen again.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I know the security in Chicago is doing a great job and when something happens so quickly, you can't blame anybody,

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's great for the White Sox organization. It's something we need. We hardly have anything in the Hall of Fame. Hopefully, he can hit another one and then we could have two.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He's a fat kid. He doesn't deny it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: As soon as the ball went out of the park, obviously the team went out and I was looking around for Bobby. You don't have to look twice because you can see him right away.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I'm not going to change anything, ... We play real well. Hopefully we keep it up back in Houston.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think this kid is pretty strong mentally, ... And it's my job, as long as he plays for me, to keep him on the right track, and I will.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I talked to him as a friend, talked to him like his father, ... I said: 'You continue to do this, you're going to ruin your life. Whatever happened in the past is over. You are strong enough to turn this page on the past.

    • Ozzie Guillen: That kid has been doing the same stuff all year long.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't care if you're a Cubs fan, a Bulls fan, a Bears fan. I think a lot of people now are Chicago fans,

    • Ozzie Guillen: We're going to build this team around pitching and defense, and Joe has been a big part of that.

    • Ozzie Guillen: This guy's one of the best pitchers in baseball and when you make this guy leave in the second inning, no matter what you bring in from the bullpen, it's not going to be better than him.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He swings the bat real good at the right moment, especially when we need it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I have a lot of faith in my bullpen, ... We win a lot of games because of them.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Because he was here for 20 years and he was part of the bad attitude. And he was a big part of the bad attitude. Why? Because he was their leader. He got better last year; his attitude [before that] was horrible here. Everybody's was.

    • Ozzie Guillen: No. I can't imagine them being under .500, but you never know with injuries. No, Ozzie has come home. ... We have an option on him for next year, so his contract really isn't up.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He [Dye] tried to get on base, make things happen and when you're batting third, he thought the third baseman was playing back. He just wanted to make something happen to start the inning.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Believe me, they know how to come back.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's great. [But] don't count anything. We've got to go there and play hard and play the way we play. Believe me, they know how to come back.

    • Ozzie Guillen: "If people think that was an easy play to make, they're wrong. I have been there before, and I know how it feels. It was not an easy play for him.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Jose had always had the best arm on my team. It's a matter of time when he can use that. It's a matter of confidence. This kid won a big game for us and he showed the guys when you have confidence and throw strikes and attack the strike zone, you can win a lot of games.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Two months ago everybody wanted to kill this kid and get him out of town because he was pitching horrible,

    • Ozzie Guillen: Welcome to the House of Terrors. I think we didn't lose it, we gave it away. We just walked too many guys, and that's something this club hasn't done this year. It's amazing they didn't score more runs.

    • Ozzie Guillen: You just saw, ... a Chicago baseball game.

    • Ozzie Guillen: To me he wasn't throwing good, ... So that's why I went to go get him right away.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Duque didn't throw the ball the way we like him to throw the ball. Most of the balls that got hit were hit hard. We thought he was going to give me four, five, six innings to get McCarthy ready to go. Our plans didn't work.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We talked about this all week and I felt like I let Duque down.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think it's time for us to see what's he got. To see if he's ready to go, to see if he is going to help us in the stretch. That's the biggest issue.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Obviously, Carl has helped the team a lot and Carl has been good, but I wish I had more consistency from those guys. Especially now in the stretch when we have Paulie [Konerko] carrying this team for real ? Paulie and [Juan] Uribe. Hopefully one of those guys comes out the next couple of weeks and helps them.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I was talking to Freddy [Garcia] and a couple of the other guys that I can't wait until one game when we swing the bat and pitch well.

    • Ozzie Guillen: When we were really struggling, you didn't see guys get two hits in a game. Any time someone got one hit, one walk -- nobody could put it together. Tonight when we were hitting the ball, one guy got three hits, one had two RBIs, one had two hits, all of a sudden you don't need nine guys to get a hit -- just two or three to get a hit at the right time.

    • Ozzie Guillen: There's nothing better than opening day in any sport, ... It's something you have to deal with.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I think right now it's time to turn it up another notch. It's time to refuel the batteries and go for it. This month is real important to us. The first 15 days are real important for us. Hopefully we can go there and we believe we can do that and hopefully everybody on my team thinks the same way I think.

    • Ozzie Guillen: A lot of teams are going through this,

    • Ozzie Guillen: If Marte's not ready to help this team, he can have a nice trip to the Dominican Republic by himself.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't like it the way it happened. I wonder why he hit for Teixeira that last inning. That's a Tony La Russa move. That's a pretty smart move. I'm not going to hit anyone today. I'm not going to hit anybody tomorrow.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I won't say he hit him on purpose, but this kid never hit anyone. When you throw 70-mph [stuff] over there and hit the guy with no reason, I don't know if it's intentional or not. But [I've been] in the big leagues for a lot of years, and when you do that, you second guess yourself about it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't know where we'd be without him. He's stepped up big-time for us, especially with Frank (Thomas) out. Really, he's been consistent since Day One.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Hopefully, we'll play the last month the way we started the season. A lot of teams go through this.

    • Ozzie: He told me that he wanted to play. I ask my player the next day, especially the catcher, and he said he's ready to go. He wants to play. I think he was a little upset by the game last night. I'm not going to play him unless he tells me that he's 80 to 100 percent ready to go.

    • Ozzie: It all depends on how El Duque throws. I hope he throws nine innings of shutout today. If something happens, we have to be prepared.

    • Ozzie: We talked about this all week and I felt like I let Duque down. I'm not trying to hurt my pitcher's feelings, but we had a plan before the game starts. Duque didn't throw the ball the way we like him to throw the ball. Most of the balls that got hit were hit hard. We thought he was going to give me four, five, six innings to get McCarthy ready to go. Our plans didn't work.

    • Ozzie: The best thing about Colon is you know his fastball is coming, but you still can't lay off the high pitch. He's effective with that and that helps make him a winner. When he's locating and throwing strikes, he has a lot of success.

    • Ozzie: It's hard to recover from that punch. The way Colon was pitching and we were hitting, it was a big shot.

    • Ozzie: They have been pitching well, they just had some bad outings. I just want them to pitch well enough for us to win.

    • Ozzie: We thought he had a good secondary lead so Joey (Cora, third base coach) took a chance and sent him. It took a good throw like that to get him.

    • Ozzie: This kid is the best player in baseball, to me. He's always going to be running and he's always going to make something happen. That's why he gets paid a lot of money.

    • Ozzie: We need that. We've really struggled all season long in the seven, eighth and ninth (spots). No one was consistent there.

    • Ozzie: He had to step up and show the team what kind of pitcher he is. We count on Freddy big time. He's a guy the pitching staff looks up to.

    • Ozzie: That play could have cost the game. A ball on the line and a couple of runs are going to score. Ozuna has been playing well for us. He's playing pretty good defense and doing well at the plate.

    • Ozzie: I'm not the type of person who counts something I don't have. Do we think about it? Yeah, that's part of the game and part of the strategy. We have to make decisions and make rosters. Right now, I try to stay away the most I can about talking about playoff games.

    • Ozzie: I told my players, 'Don't just play this one game to [fill] out the schedule. This is a big game for us

    • Ozzie: That really doesn't bother me, because that's how we play. We steal bases and that's going to happen. I don't want my players not playing aggressively.

    • Ozzie: He's been trying to come back out with the same attitude and the same performance. He has come out and pitched two big games for us.

    • Ozzie: I think we should have scored more runs. We attacked him pretty well.

    • Ozzie: That happened in spring training that he didn't make the team because we didn't have space for him, ... The way (Jose) Contreras has thrown and (Orlando Hernandez) has thrown, it's not easy to put him in the rotation. We will do what is best for the team.

    • Ozzie: We will sit down and talk and right now we're not in a six-man rotation, ... It's not easy, but it will be a real interesting talk. Maybe the guys want to pitch with five days' rest and not four and we can sneak him in and hopefully he can pitch the way he is.

    • Ozzie: It's something you have to prepare for mentally and be tough. You have to toughen up.

    • Ozzie: He's come out and pitched two big games for us.

    • Ozzie: I told my players, 'Don't just come here and play the game just to fill out the schedule. It's a big game for us.

    • Ozzie: He pitched two big games for us. It's going to be a real interesting talk.

    • Ozzie: We have to get there. We feel better coming here getting a little lead. We have to worry about ourselves. The way we're playing right now, I feel pretty good about this team.

    • Ozzie: I was kind of worried about him leaving the ball around the plate and giving up a home run, and all of a sudden he'd lose everything he built for the whole game. He said he was fine and I believe my pitchers.

    • Ozzie: If it's going to help the team to do that, I'm going to do that.

    • Ozzie: Garland threw the ball real poorly. He wasn't throwing strikes. Today was one of those days he didn't have it.

    • Ozzie: I think it will [help us] get some confidence back. Players seemed to get this confidence back and swing the bat real well. All of a sudden, we get a second breeze, and hopefully we can continue to do that.

    • Ozzie: When he starts walking people and throwing the ball all over the plate, he gets in trouble. I think [with] this kid, we know he's got one of the best arms, maybe the best arm, in my rotation, and he's showing right now what kind of pitcher he is. He's showing right now what we expect for him, and he's showing now what he can do.

    • Ozzie: I was talking to Freddy [Garcia] and a couple of the other guys that I can't wait until one game when we swing the bat and pitch well.

    • Ozzie: When we were really struggling, you didn't see guys get two hits in a game. Any time someone got one hit, one walk -- nobody could put it together. Tonight when we were hitting the ball, one guy got three hits, one had two RBIs, one had two hits, all of a sudden you don't need nine guys to get a hit -- just two or three to get a hit at the right time.

    • Ozzie: There's nothing better than opening day in any sport, ... It's something you have to deal with.

    • Ozzie: I think right now it's time to turn it up another notch. It's time to refuel the batteries and go for it. This month is real important to us. The first 15 days are real important for us. Hopefully we can go there and we believe we can do that and hopefully everybody on my team thinks the same way I think.

    • Ozzie: A lot of teams are going through this

    • Ozzie: If Marte's not ready to help this team, he can have a nice trip to the Dominican Republic by himself.

    • Ozzie: I don't like it the way it happened. I wonder why he hit for Teixeira that last inning. That's a Tony La Russa move. That's a pretty smart move. I'm not going to hit anyone today. I'm not going to hit anybody tomorrow.

    • Ozzie: I won't say he hit him on purpose, but this kid never hit anyone. When you throw 70-mph [stuff] over there and hit the guy with no reason, I don't know if it's intentional or not. But [I've been] in the big leagues for a lot of years, and when you do that, you second guess yourself about it.

    • Ozzie: I don't know where we'd be without him. He's stepped up big-time for us, especially with Frank (Thomas) out. Really, he's been consistent since Day One.

    • Ozzie: Hopefully, we'll play the last month the way we started the season. A lot of teams go through this.

    • Ozzie: I asked him what happened, and he said because the average is better here than on the road, but it doesn't mean anything, ... You have a team like the Texas Rangers and you expect them to get a lot of hits. To me, that's my opinion, they have one of the best, if not the best, hitting coach in baseball.

    • Ozzie: This is a tough issue. We have to respect them because they kicked our butt last night. If we think they're doing something different, then we have to change the signs, location, whatever.

    • Ozzie: You can go either way with it

    • Ozzie: Joe can miss two days or he can miss six days.

    • Ozzie: This city owes him a lot. This kid loved this city and he did a good thing for them. (Today) he just got his butt kicked. That's it. He just didn't have it.

    • Ozzie: I feel that we have a better lineup than we're showing. But we have been really struggling the last week and a half. No one in our lineup is swinging the bat well right now. I think some of the guys are trying too hard and good things are just not happening for us right now.

    • Ozzie: Sometimes you get sick and tired of seeing the same things over and over for two weeks. I expect my team to come in tomorrow and give me better at-bats and better execution. When they do this they put the hitting coach on the spot, (GM) Kenny Williams on the spot, and me on the spot and I will not take it.

    • Ozzie: Joe's a big part of the team. Hopefully, it's nothing real bad.

    • Ozzie: He gives the team a chance to refuel, to get back to playing the way we played early in the season, ... Everybody knows how important this kid is for us, for the type of game we play.

    • Ozzie: When you win, it never gets old.

    • Ozzie: We weren't dumb enough to trade Babe Ruth

    • Ozzie: They get along because they have to, ... No matter what country, what religion, what you believe, we have a team. I respect people's religion. I respect people's race. I respect the way they grow up. ... They might not hang together in the street, but when they're in the ballpark they've got to fight for one reason.

    • Ozzie: Too many girls. You know why? ... Because they can't be in the clubhouse. The boys can.

    • Ozzie: It's a boy? Good. We've had too many girls lately.

    • Ozzie: I think I'll be the first manager to catch a first pitch in the World Series

    • Ozzie: Luis is not the type of person to say 'Hi' to everyone, ... To me it's an honor just for Luis to say, 'Yes,' and come here and be with us.

    • Ozzie: People are really excited, and they should be. It's great for the city and great for the fans who have waited so many years. We've brought this little smile back to their faces. They feel proud about this team because there have been a lot of disappointing years in the past and a lot of negativity about us and this organization.

    • Ozzie: We weren't dumb enough to trade Babe Ruth, ... But I'll tell you this: people do care. Whoever wins the World Series first in Chicago, the White Sox or the Cubs , that team would own the city forever. The people of Chicago would forget Michael Jordan .

    • Ozzie: Today was the best day we've had since we started the playoffs, ... I think because we are where we want to be.

    • Ozzie: I don't want to embarrass the kid, but I want the big boy.

    • Ozzie: They don't see the bullpen. Now they see it.

    • Ozzie: It's amazing. I think he's the best player ever to come from my country. I know in my country people are going to feel great about this.

    • Ozzie: I've got to go with the same people it was in the ... Hopefully the people we pick help us to get to the next level to win this thing.

    • Ozzie: I always say you're a good coach when you have good players, ... We have a pretty good pitching staff, it's easy to go coach that one. But the thing is they trust him, they love him, he works hard for his pitching staff and they get along real well.

    • Ozzie: I was so excited. So many people were waiting for this moment.

    • Ozzie: I think he was confused. I think he must have missed the sign, but no, I think he was just running on his own.

    • Ozzie: They executed better. We failed at moving guys over. We didn't do the job.

    • Ozzie: Either way we set the rotation, it's a lot of guys who are going to have nine days off, 10 days off, ... We have to figure out how to get them less days, but it is impossible.

    • Ozzie: I think my pitching staff threw the ball well when we needed it, ... Boston and here. I think that's the key.

    • Ozzie: I want the ring. I'm not satisfied.

    • Ozzie: This is a team where you cannot mess around. With that lineup, you have to be almost perfect to beat them.

    • Ozzie: The way he's thrown the last four outings, it's not easy for me [to leave him out of the playoff rotation]. Everybody knows he can pitch. Everybody knows what kind of stuff he has. The decision is not going to be easy. Somebody's going to have to move to the bullpen.

    • Ozzie: The reason the Minnesota Twins played good in the second half is because of Santana. It's not because they play great baseball. They have a great pitching staff.

    • Ozzie: That's how you learn, that's how you get better. To have one bad outing, turn the page and come out and pitch the way he did, that shows you this kid is ready to be one of the best pitchers in the American League.

    • Ozzie: He said Marte is fine. He's 100 percent to go. If makes you wonder if the injury was mentally or physically. If the injury was mental, it's a shame because that kid has better stuff than a lot of people in this game.

    • Ozzie: We have two weeks to make a decision on playoff roster. He doesn't have to show me. He's got to show his teammates. You don't have to show me anything. I didn't come here to make friends. I came here to be the best manager I can. You got to make those guys believe you are ready to go. If you're not ready to go, I'm sorry and I'll take my chances in a different way.

    • Ozzie: When you're hurt physically, you can recover. When it is mental, you don't know when it is going to show up and you don't know when it is going to stay at home. Mentally, we need guys to show up every day. I don't know if he's ready to do that for the team.

    • Ozzie: I don't want this kid just to make an excuse that he was hurt just because he was giving it up.

    • Ozzie: He said Marte is fine. He's 100 percent to go, ... It makes you wonder if the injury was mentally or physically. If the injury was mental, it's a shame because that kid has better stuff than a lot of people in this game.

    • Ozzie: Is it likely he's going to be on the [disabled list]? I'm pretty sure he will be, ... When you go see a doctor, it's for a reason. I have to prepare myself and worry about the guys I have here. We can play without him. I think we've got enough guys here to step up and do the job.

    • Ozzie: To this point, I'm not counting on Damaso to be with the team for the next couple of days, and we're going to make a decision [Wednesday] to see if we're going to need another body

    • Ozzie: I think this kid is going to help us on the playoff roster

    • Ozzie: To this point, I'm not counting on Damaso to be with the team for the next couple of days, and we're going to make a decision [Wednesday] to see if we're going to need another body

    • Ozzie: I think this kid is going to help us on the playoff roster.

    • Ozzie: I'm not going to let down the guys who have brought me here, ... I've got a lot of confidence in [Hernandez]. He just had a bad outing. Maybe in the next couple of days, we'll change our minds. We'll see how he feels. Right now, I feel like El Duque should be the man.

    • Ozzie: We're up by four runs and then we're up by one run. It drives the manager crazy. Rowand had a big night. From now on somebody needs to step up and be a hero every game. Tonight it was Rowand.

    • Ozzie: It was not easy for Jose. He had to warm up three times because of the rain. They were moving the starting time every 15 minutes. He'd come back and sit down, warm up and then come back and sit down. You hope your starting pitcher holds up.

    • Ozzie: You hope your starting pitcher holds on. Jose did a tremendous job. He just went out and pitched.

    • Ozzie: He doesn't have to apologize to me. He needs to apologize to his teammates for being late. If you're going to be late for any reason, come to my office.

    • Ozzie: We can play without him. We did it before.

    • Ozzie: We'll make a decision tomorrow to see if we're going to need another body.

    • Ozzie: I think he's swinging at better pitches. He's not trying to pull everything. He's trying to hit the ball into the middle of the field and right field. We wish this kid would be more consistent with that. When this kid is on, he's on for good and we need those hitters at the bottom of the lineup.

    • Ozzie: We cannot relax, ... We have to fight all the way to the end. We have six games against Cleveland at the end of the season. It's not over until it's over.

    • Ozzie: I love this kid, but I never said Jenks is Superman or the savior of this team.

    • Ozzie: I sent my coaches. I sent Joey Cora to talk to him. I don't want to say stuff I might regret.

    • Ozzie: I'm not concerned about it. I'm a little angry about it because I know this kid is better that what he is. I'm not going to sit here and blast Marte. But gosh, if he knows how important he is for us and he thinks for one second how important he is for this team, [maybe] he will pitch better.

    • Ozzie: I might be scaring him. Maybe it's my fault to go there and air him out. I might take the blame because all of a sudden I went out to air him out and said not good stuff to him. I might surprise him and scare him and all of a sudden he loses what he has. It's maybe my fault to do what I did.

    • Ozzie: Seeing what he has, seeing what he can do and seeing how much we lean on him, that makes you angry. I don't like it when Marte goes out there and he doesn't want to attack people. He doesn't want to pitch the way he should pitch.

    • Ozzie: If they say they're tired, that's an excuse. If they're tired, then Minnesota should be tired, Cleveland should be tired, everyone should be tired.

    • Ozzie: You have to prepare yourself mentally and physically to get through a tough season. When you prepare yourself that way, you make it easier.

    • Ozzie: I have a rule on my team. If you are late and not on the disabled list, you won't be on my team.

    • Ozzie: I don't think Marte is ready to go. Mentally he's not ready to go. I don't care what he thinks, I don't care what his health is like. When you're not confident in yourself that means you're not ready to play. You have to play with soreness in your body. It's different than when you play hurt. You're going to be sore. You can play with pain. You have to deal with it because you're always going to be doing that. Hopefully he'll be ready to pitch [Tuesday].

    • Ozzie: I think he's ready to move on and be on the roster. I don't know if I'll play him or not. I'm not sure. Maybe I'll give him another day.

    • Ozzie: As long as he's not naked, he can be here any way he wants. But if he wants to be on the bench, and if he wants to be with the guys, he's more than welcome.

    • Ozzie: He made one mistake on a slider.

    • Ozzie: It's hard to win when you get two hits. Freddy didn't have anything on the ball today. He made one mistake. ... But he still went out and pitched well.

    • Ozzie: He (Garcia) pitched well, he didn't have his best stuff, but he battled. He made one mistake on the slider, but he didn't get any help. We are not going to beat anyone with two hits.

    • Ozzie: The guy pitches two good games and all of a sudden he's Cy Young

    • Ozzie: Duque didn't throw the ball the way we like him to throw the ball.

    • Ozzie: Duque was great, ... Wow. He threw better than we thought. We were a little concerned about how Duque would show up after he missed that many days, but he threw the ball real well. His velocity was pretty good. He left a couple pitches up, but I expected that.

    • Ozzie: That's your fault being here, then

    • Ozzie: you run out of codes. You run out of answers. You start making stuff up.

    • Ozzie: Freddy was outstanding. That was one of the best I've ever seen him throw. That's the Freddy we like to see.

    • Ozzie: Are we missing Scotty? Yes. Are we losing because Scott's not here? I don't think so. We're losing because we're not playing good baseball.

    • Ozzie: I want to be [Cardinals Manager] Tony La Russa, of course, sitting home playing golf and you don't care whose playing, just tell Dave Duncan to make out the lineup

    • Ozzie: The reason is that [if Belliard] get a base hit, I lose the game, ... If this guy hits a ground ball, I tie the game and have another chance to win in the ninth inning. I would rather be tied in the ninth than down by one.

    • Ozzie: I'll be concerned, ... when we're one game behind .

    • Ozzie: That's my rules. If you don't like it, get it out of here. If he's got a personal problem, let me or one of my coaches know.

    • Ozzie:I expect it when we bring in Jenks, ... The more I see this kid, the more I like him.

    • Ozzie: Mentally we need guys to show every time, ... I don't know if Marte is ready to do that for the team. I'm going to talk to Kenny, I'm going to talk to (Marte) and see how he feels, to see if he's ready to help this team. If Marte is not ready to help this team, he can have a nice trip to the Dominican Republic and enjoy himself.

    • Ozzie: If you're not ready to come here and go by my rules, you're not going to come in. My team already told me, 'This is your rule and we're behind you 100 percent.' I had to call a couple of my players to see if I let them down. Maybe in their mind they say, 'We need Marte and Ozzie's doing this stuff.' No. Everybody has to be on the same page and that's why I did it.

    • Ozzie: I would rather have a guy hurt physically than be hurt mentally. When you're hurt mentally, you can't help that. When you're hurt physically, you can recover. It's just a matter of time when you recover physically. When you recover mentally you don't know when it's going to show up and you don't know when it's going to stay home.

    • Ozzie: I don't want this kid just to make an excuse like he was hurt just because he was giving it up

    • Ozzie: I will be concerned if we are one game behind. You get nervous when you don?t do anything about it. ... We just have to keep fighting.

    • Ozzie: [You are a White Sox fan. You are rooting for Kansas City to slow down the Indians, though your own manager didn't sound very comforting when he mentioned how hard it is for the hopelessly downtrodden to keep focus.] You take the Kansas City Royals, ... I guarantee you, they don't want to come to the ballpark.

    • Ozzie: People told me if you don't make the playoffs you're going to be the biggest loser ever

    • Ozzie: When I say my team stinks and doesn't play the way it can play, I don't want to hear it from anybody else because they can hear it from me.

    • Ozzie: A lot of nasty ones. 'It's your fault. You stink. I know you are going to choke.

    • Ozzie: We'll see when he shows up.

    • Ozzie: When we get to Minnesota, we'll talk about the issue he has with his teammates. Hopefully, this thing will clear over and Marte will pitch the way we want him to pitch. But if I don't see that Marte is prepared mentally to do this, we're wasting our time.

    • Ozzie: We're still thinking about it

    • Ozzie: Whether you won or lost the night before, it's a brand new game. It' s my job and my coaches' job to remind the players that no matter what happened last night, it doesn't mean anything today. This is not like football where you have to wait one week to recover. You just have to get up every day and fight. If you carry it over, you're a loser.

    • Ozzie: I always trust my players.

    • Ozzie: I talked to [Garcia] about it this morning. [Pitching coach Don] Cooper is going to talk to him. Is something bothering him? Is he tired? We could move him back or have him skip a start.

    • Ozzie: I will be concerned if we are one game behind, ... You get nervous when you don't do anything about it ... We just have to keep fighting.

    • Ozzie: All year we play pretty good baseball. Cleveland has played outstanding. We can't control that. Now, we have a chance to control that.

    • Ozzie: I see St. Louis has 95 (wins). The White Sox 90. And we feel like we won only 10 games this year, ... Some people treat my team like a piece of (garbage). And we're not.

    • Ozzie: We're the only team that has got 90 wins other than St. Louis and it's like 'Wow, we're not that bad.' ... Some people think our team is a bunch of [garbage] but we have 90 wins

    • Ozzie: Some people think our team is a bunch of [garbage], but we have 90 wins

    • Ozzie: I will be concerned if we are one game behind. You get nervous when you don't do anything about it ... We just have to keep fighting.

    • Ozzie: A lot of people say: 'He's scared. He's insecure,' ... No. I know baseball. The heat is on. Hopefully, we can turn it on.

    • Ozzie: I know you're going to choke.

    • Ozzie: Marte showed up like a man, ... He showed his teammates how sorry he was.

    • Ozzie: "This kid, the last two weeks, every time we need it he goes out and does a tremendous job.

    • Ozzie: 100 percent to go.

    • Ozzie: To me, this kid is the best pitcher in baseball right now, ... He's been the best the last two years.

    • Ozzie: "This kid showed me he can do this job, do the role. I'll go by my gut feeling. Hermanson's opportunities will be there, but the way Jenks throws, I'm going to take a lot of chances with him.

    • Ozzie: We can't control (what Cleveland does). They are playing so well. We just have to worry about winning our own games. You know they are going to win the way they are playing now. But we just have to worry about how we'll play and win as many games as we can.

    • Ozzie: There's no doubt about it, we really flat-out stink.

    • Ozzie: I've learned, you can't talk about race in this country. No matter what you say, you're gonna be wrong.

    • Ozzie: The way Buehrle pitched, it seemed like they didn't need a sign. Everything Buehrle pitched was right down the middle of the plate—sinker, slider, changeup, whatever. He didn't have the stuff. I asked him what happened, and he said because their average is better here than on the road.

    • Ozzie: If I named all that I'm disappointed about, we might be here all day. The entire week was disappointing. Even the game we won, I was disappointed. If we continue to play like this, good luck.

    • Ozzie: short and too the point.

    • Ozzie: "I always say, don't let the monster wake up.

    • Ozzie: "I always say, don't let the monster wake up.

    • Ozzie: Well, ... I hope I don't have to use them until April.

    • Ozzie: Sunday is a big game for us. Maybe the biggest game we're going to play this year and hopefully we come home with a victory. It's not going to be easy. Those guys are going to show up ready to play and ... you never know what's going to happen.

    • Ozzie: When we play on the road, we represent Chicago, the city, and I think we've got something that's going on here that's nice for the city. I think we have something going on that's something good for sports in Chicago, and when you're a true Cubs fan or true White Sox fan, I think I'll be wrong, I think anybody that's a Cubs fan is really true, but I want the support from him because we represent a big city and a nice city.

    • Ozzie: I always say, `Don't let the monster wake up,' ... I said that against Boston (in the previous round), and I said that against Cleveland (in the regular season).

    • Ozzie: He wanted to follow his teammates and be a part of that, too

    • Ozzie: I was concerned to see how he did, ... But . . . I trust this kid.

    • Ozzie: That was a big part of the game.

    • Ozzie: From the first day of the playoffs the pitching always has been good.

    • Ozzie: because we're not that smart.

    • Ozzie: "From the first day of the playoffs the pitching always has been good.

    • Ozzie: Vlad is a quiet guy around people he doesn't know. Besides being his coach, I was his interpreter and I was helping him off the field, and we pretty much hung around a lot when we were playing. I think Vlad got a lot of sense of humor and he's just shy around people.

    • Ozzie: I don't want to say anything bad about Vlad because I don't want to wake him up. I think our pitching staff is doing a tremendous job all year long against him.

    • Ozzie: I think this kid's arm is there. This kid gives 200 innings every year, never misses a start. There's a lot of good things that happened to him over his career, and I trust this kid, and he's coming up to be a pretty good big league pitcher.

    • Ozzie: I think that's the best I've seen him throw all year long

    • Ozzie: I don't even remember the last time he pitched

    • Ozzie: Last year, we took a lot of heat in Chicago. Before I got the job, Jon never had the opportunity to go more than six, seven innings. They always pulled him out.

    • Ozzie: Garcia threw a lot of innings, and it gave me a chance to give him another day of rest, and I think you've got to give him one day before the start, ... He starts tomorrow, that means he's going to start in so-many days. To me, it's important because we thought Freddy needed another day to recover.

    • Ozzie: Hopefully, my philosophy works and helps him.

    • Ozzie: April was the best month he had, and he was well rested

    • Ozzie: Mr. Cooper, the gentleman from New York wants to speak with you.

    • Ozzie: Mr. Cooper? He's over there.

    • Ozzie: I think the only sport that really needs it is football.

    • Ozzie: If we win, it will be there forever.

    • Ozzie: I think he's a Gold Glove third baseman and we expect a lot from him.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We've played all the good teams in the second half, including New York and Boston, and I think Cleveland is better than both of them. More speed. Better pitching. Clutch hitters. To me they are the better club.

    • Ozzie Guillen: If we make the playoffs and if the time is good for him and if he is the best guy to throw the ball, he will be the first pitcher. If not, we will see what happens.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I feel proud. It's not like I'm criticizing the people that were booing because when you go from a 15-game lead to one or two, obviously they do it. But when you win that many games and people keep criticizing and criticizing, second doubts and second guessing, it takes the fun away from the people. To me this is a release and a satisfaction.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I'm so happy for these kids. A lot of people started doubting us. Even we started doubting us. But then we started believing again, started playing good baseball again, and I like the way we're playing going into the playoffs.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We feel like `What's going to be next?' ... I think someone has to step up and grab this team by the horns and take charge. It's frustrating to keep leaving people on base. You keep leaving people on base, you're not going to win that many games. It keeps happening, and I don't know why. We had opportunities, and didn't take them.

    • Ozzie Guillen: No -- I could get some advice from him this year ... Advice isn't going to help. You cannot pick when things go right and things go wrong. You have to look at the law of averages where they were winning games early in the year, too. It's hard to continue to win in that many different ways and that many close games. I'm confident they'll get it together and pull it together.

    • Ozzie Guillen: This is in our hands to do ourselves. It's in our hands. If we keep thinking that [another team] is going to help us, we're thinking the wrong way.

    • Ozzie Guillen: You want to go in your room and call your mom and start crying.

    • Ozzie Guillen: We have to have someone grab this team by the neck, by the horns, and take charge.

    • Ozzie Guillen: A lot of managers tell their G.M. what they want to hear, ... I won't do that. I won't lie to him. I won't talk to him as a boss. I'll fight him.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Everybody thinks the players who come from Latin America were shining shoes, ... I lived good.

    • Ozzie Guillen: "I'm not good in math, ... That's why I just say, `Come back tomorrow and win the game.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It was a big game for him.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It's a great feeling. This first step is a big step because a lot of people don't realize how hard it is to just get to the playoffs.

    • Ozzie Guillen: That team worked so hard all year long, they deserve to do what they're doing now. Finally, they can say, 'We did it!' A lot of teams made it tough on us. It wasn't easy.

    • Ozzie Guillen: The Indians gave us a lot of trouble. It's amazing the way they played. But they didn't beat themselves, we played better.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I never felt this before, as a player, as a manager, as a coach ? winning the division from the beginning. We're the Cinderella of the playoffs.

    • Ozzie Guillen: Carl is a veteran. We know what to expect from him. When you play this game long enough and believe in your players, you can't give up that easily.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I don't get involved in that. I wasn't good in math. Just win [today]. That's the way I look at it.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It was a big game. It's a great feeling to be this close, but it's not over 'til it's over. It will be a battle tomorrow, but you don't worry about it, you get a good night's sleep and see what happens.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He's been our best pitcher down the stretch. He has it all, the arm, the pitches, the control. All he needed was the confidence.

    • Ozzie Guillen: To worry about what they're going to do in another city, you worry about stupid stuff you can't control, ... Just come back tomorrow and win the game.

    • Ozzie Guillen: First of all, I feel proud of my players. We went through a lot, a lot of tough times.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I watch the news every day, and this is something like what my country (Venezuela) went through 10 years ago with the mudslides.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I know we didn't perform well on the road trip (5-5), but hopefully we will do better this weekend and bring the people back.

    • Ozzie Guillen: It was kind of an empty feeling

    • Ozzie Guillen: He has some personal things to take care of. I don't want him to bring his personal problems into the game. That's why I'll give him another day. I don't want him to be rushing through his problems to play baseball.

    • Ozzie Guillen: He pitched well against the Twins (in his second-to-last start), and his innings pitched are about the same as in the past.

    • Ozzie Guillen: I've said before that if we make it to the playoffs, I'm going to pick with my brain, not my heart,

    • Ozzie Guillen: You might want to go to your room, call your mom and cry, but when you come to the ballpark and put on the uniform, you have to be a man. I have 30 men to lead.

    • Ozzie: Most of these guys have never been in this situation, but I have, and I have to lead them.

    • Ozzie: If you leave that many on base, you aren't going to win many games. It keeps happening, and I don't know why. We had opportunities, and didn't take them.

    • Ozzie: I feel so proud. I got mad at the players. I was happy with them. I cursed them -- and they still hung with me and made it happen.

    • Ozzie: The Venezuelan people who know me don't feel proud because we're winning, ... They're proud because they go, `How can this crazy man be the leader of a team?'

    • Ozzie: Oh, yeah, ... Venezuela definitely love us.

    • Ozzie: I say this because I want to win it here. It would give me the opportunity to pick what I want to do. I didn't say I'd leave baseball. I can't live without baseball.

    • Ozzie: When you have opportunities and you don't take advantage, you're going to pay for it. I think it was a pretty good ballgame. Garland threw the ball pretty good, Cotts and Politte threw the ball real good. It was just a home run in that inning. Three home runs killed us.

    • Ozzie: We had a chance a couple of times and we couldn't pull the trigger. When you have an opportunity, you have to take advantage of it or you're going to pay for it.

    • Ozzie: People think I'm a bad manager or don't know the game or fall asleep during the game and wake up and change pitchers. I'm watching the same game they are.

    • Ozzie: All of a sudden, we have the guts to keep him in the starting rotation. Two months ago, everyone in Chicago wanted to kill this kid and get him out of town because he was pitching horrible, and all of a sudden he's a Cy Young winner. This is the kind of thing we go through in Chicago a lot. I'll let you guys know right away because that's the way I feel.

    • Ozzie: McCarthy was the only good thing I saw tonight. I don't want to talk about how I feel about my team because I might say something you guys or my team don't want to hear.

    • Ozzie: Every time I hear the national anthem here, I look over at the center-field scoreboard and I can't wait until those planes fly over it in the World Series, ... You will cry, because that's the greatest feeling. I've seen it before. If I get to do it with this ballclub ... whoa, that's going to be the best feeling ever.

    • Ozzie: You know what's tough; when I'm driving here and I think, 'God, I have to be Ozzie today,' and you don't feel like it, ... Maybe we've lost three games in a row, four in a row, and I have to show up, open that door and put a smile on my face and pat those guys on the butt and joke around when I'm dying inside. That's not easy.

    • Ozzie: If I get to do it with this ballclub? Whoa, that's going to be the best feeling ever.

    • Ozzie: It's a thing when we lose a game, I'm in my office for another hour when everybody goes home. I sit an hour to figure out what we did wrong. ... When we win, I'm the happiest man. When we lose, I get sick.

    • Ozzie: My comment was if we win the World Series, I will think about leaving because I want to leave as a winner. I don't want to embarrass myself.

    • Ozzie: If you talked to me in April, as a matter of fact if you told me in the winter meeting or when we left camp this team would have 90 wins and be fighting in the pennant race, I will take that. Obviously our lead has shrunk real quick. Obviously we are not playing real good and the team behind us is playing extremely well.

    • Ozzie: People talk about the big lead. I never said we were going to win this thing by 20 games.

    • Ozzie: After Contreras did that, I knew Freddy would come down and try to emulate him. He gave me the innings, too.

    • Ozzie: I took a couple of peeks up there. Nothing against Kansas City or Tampa Bay, but the way they are playing right now and from what I saw when they left here, I doubt they will lose another game. I don't expect Tampa Bay to do it. I think the best team to do it now is us.

    • Ozzie: They're giving me the feeling we're back on track. I could go and relax in the last inning. The pitchers could make a mistake with the lead and before they can't make any.

    • Ozzie: When you are in second place, it's a different way. When you are in first, you can take care of yourself before somebody else does it, ... Once the reaction went down, you saw the three runs come up right away. It was a great feeling.

    • Ozzie: We had the bases loaded and we should have won the game right there. The hitters got to be better in the stretch. It's not going to be easy.

    • Ozzie: I've got two people here that drive me crazy. They are all over me, and I'm like 'Shut up, you drunk.' It's easy to make moves when you're drunk.

    • Ozzie (On Freddy Garcia): I hope he throws a no-hitter, ... But he's not in my playoff plan.

    • Ozzie: If we are in situation where we are going to the playoffs and Freddy is struggling, we'll think about moving him out of the rotation. Right now I still have faith in him, and think he can help this team win.

    • Ozzie (On Paul Konerko's hitting): This kid can carry the team for two or three weeks.

    • Ozzie: How can you be a choker or a loser when you've won 91 games?

    • Ozzie: I never, ever said we were going to win this thing easy. A lot of people thought I was scared, a lot of people thought I was insecure. ... No, no, no. I know baseball. I will be concerned if we are one game behind.

    • Ozzie: We're playing lousy baseball on the bases, pitching, everything. There's no doubt about it. We really flat-out stink. It's not the same team I've been watching all year.

    • Ozzie: Uribe can't hit a guy who throws junk. And then he hits a triple against the toughest pitcher in baseball.

    • Ozzie: I've never seen anything like that before. I think that's New York, you know, anything can happen.

    • Ozzie: I think it's great because we proved a lot of people wrong, and I like that.

    • Ozzie: His defense made up for his hitting early in the season, ... We built this team on pitching and defense and Joe is a big part of that. Joe had some big clutch hits this season. He always brings his defense with him to the ball field.

    • Ozzie: If we win the World Series, I would quit baseball and run for mayor.

    • Ozzie: I have no idea of what the rotation might be, ... Ask me tomorrow.

    • Ozzie: We're winning because our starting pitching has been great and our bullpen has done a good job. To win the series was really important to us.