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Ozzie: empty-handed, but not empty

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Ozzie: empty-handed, but not empty

Monday, Sept. 26, 2011Posted: 6:02 p.m. Updated: 6:40 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com White Sox InsiderFollow @CSNChi_Beatnik
CHICAGO Whispers turned to screams over Chicago White Sox managers meeting with team owner Jerry Reinsdorf and tea leaf reading erupted in full force before the game in the clubhouse, but in the end, it was much ado aboutmore money.

Guillen was forthcoming about his half-hour meeting at Reinsdorfs United Center office, but in terms of takeaways, there were none: I dont want to say empty-handed, because I left there letting him know what I wanted.

Now, Ozzie waits, as he says, two more days until seasons end and he leaves for a postseason vacation in Spain.

He indicated he understood the process it would take as Reinsdorf fully digests his demands: He cant just send Kenny to the ATM and take out a million dollars. As for whether he would just go in and demand, say, 2 million for next year, Ozzie was aghast: Hell no, Im not stupid!

While Guillen spoke often about knowing his worth and needing more money to continue managing the White Sox (f--- more yearsI want more money), he would not be happy simply with a raise for next season, telling me directly that he needs both additional years and more money.

Otherwise, well be in the same place next year, spring training, youll be asking me about the next year, he said.

Guillen implied that if he didnt want to be in Chicago, he could have behaved differently this season, stating directly that I had a great chance to be fired this season if he wanted that. He also stated that he doesnt want to be a day-to-day guy, implying strongly that if forced to come back and serve out the current terms of his contract, he will cause trouble.

As for whether he had a feel about how things would work out, he admitted he did not have a true gut feeling about how things will work out. But because this saga has been playing out for at least a year, the entire Guillen family is ready for anything: When you prepare for a hurricane, youll be OK.

Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox information.

White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

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White Sox Talk Podcast: 'Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia'

With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.  

Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.  

White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

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White Sox mourn passing of former pitcher Daniel Webb

Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.

Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”

Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.

The White Sox released this statement:

Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.