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Sox Drawer: Ozzie Twitter Mania!

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Sox Drawer: Ozzie Twitter Mania!

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010
8:00 PM

By Chuck Garfien
CSNChicago.com

Who knows how big the Twitter universe is right now, but when news spread Tuesday night that a certain White Sox manager had surprisingly entered it, somebodys world was shaken to its core.

That of Kenny Williams.

The Sox GM who likes to describe Guillen as an interesting case study, suddenly had a whole different project on his hands; Ozzie joining Twitter, where the outspoken manager would have free reign to share his unique thoughtsand at all hours of the day and night.

What is entertainment to some (you and me), is a migraine to others (Williams and Jerry Reinsdorf).

But before the team worked out on Wednesday morning, there was Ozzie and Kenny, not talking about Alex Rios reporting to camp or how Gordon Beckham looks at second base, but instead this new form of social media that is spreading the internet like an explosive virus.

If Kenny was upset, I dont blame him because he wants to know whats going on, wants to know why, wants to know what I talk about, Guillen said. I just said its a personal thing. I want to have fun like anybody else does.

So far, that has meant Ozzie tweeting about dinner:

Going to eat in half hour

Spring training:

Im already boredddddddd

His friend named Jermaine:

Why Dye no have a job

But in the hours after the controversy erupted, his tweets have changed to Spanish. Such as:
Tengo 15 dias sin tomar pero provoca una polarcita

Translation: I havent had a drink in 15 days.

These might not be the most earth-shattering comments youll find on the web, but who am I to talk? Ozzie has quickly assembled a massive legion of Twitter followers; over 8,000 as I write this. By comparison, I have around 940 followers, and Ive been on it since July.

I think thats called Twitter envy. Or is it Twinvy?

I didnt know how famous I was, Guillen said about his Twitter fame. Thats pretty interesting. I thought people hated me.

But if youre hoping that Ozzie will be tweeting his inner most secrets during actual baseball games...about strategy, player injuries, what he had for breakfast...thats not going to happen.

I told Kenny Im not going to be crazy, Guillen said. You think Im going to be watching the guys practice and Im going to be on my phone tweeting people. First of all, I dont have time for that. Second of all, I respect this game so much, I respect the players, I respect the game too much Im not going to do it, even if I want to Im not going to.

But at this rate, Guillen is going to catch up with some high-ranking celebrities who have become Twitter sensations, like a famous pop superstar.

Watch out Madonna, Im behind you, Guillen warned.

And if Twitter was to ever start paying Guillen for his tweets, watch out White Sox.

If I was making money on this, I dont care who told me, Jerry, Kenny, my mom, my dad, Ill tell them screw themselves. I dont make money on this. I just want to have fun. (But) if there was money involved in this situation, Im pretty sure Id get fired because I would fight for it.

We'll see how long it takes for Williams to ring the bell.

Chuck Garfien hosts White Sox Pregame and Postgame Live on Comcast SportsNet with former Sox slugger Bill Melton. Follow Chuck @ChuckGarfien on Twitter for up-to-the-minute Sox news and views.

Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style

Tim Anderson celebrated his birthday in style

Tim Anderson turned 24 on Saturday and celebrated the occasion with a bang.

Anderson smashed a three-run home run in the first inning against the A's. It was actually his first swing on his birthday. Anderson took the first two pitches before launching the 1-1 pitch over the right field fence.

That home run, Anderson's 13th of the year, gave the White Sox a 5-0 lead. Things took an ugly turn later in the game with Oakland winning 7-6. Dylan Covey left in the fifth with a hip injury, which manager Rick Renteria said will be evaluated tomorrow to determine the severity of the injury.

Anderson finished 2-for-4 on his birthday. He later added a single, a stolen base and a run in the sixth inning.

Anderon's power surge this year has him on pace to blow past his 17 homers from a year ago. He is four shy of last year's total and has done so in just under half as many plate appearances.

It's only one start, but that's the Lucas Giolito that White Sox fans expected to see this season

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It's only one start, but that's the Lucas Giolito that White Sox fans expected to see this season

The preseason expectations and the results have been drastically different for Lucas Giolito.

Expected to be the best pitcher on the White Sox starting staff, Giolito hasn’t come too close to that title, instead heading into Friday’s doubleheader with the most earned runs allowed of any pitcher in baseball. His walk total has been among the highest in the game all year long, too. And the calls from social media to send him down to Triple-A haven’t been at all infrequent.

But Friday, White Sox fans got a glimpse at what they expected, a look at the guy who earned so much hype with a strong September last season and a dominant spring training.

It wasn’t a performance that would make any reasonable baseball person’s jaw drop. But it was the best Giolito has looked this season. He still allowed four runs on seven hits — as mentioned, not a Cy Young type outing — but he struck out a season-high eight batters. Prior to giving up the back-to-back singles to start the eighth inning that brought an end to his evening, he’d surrendered just two runs.

Most importantly he walked just two guys and didn’t seem to struggle with his command at all. That’s a big deal for a pitcher who had 45 walks to his name prior to Friday.

“You know it was a tough eighth inning, but throughout the whole game, I felt in sync,” Giolito said. “(Catcher Omar Narvaez) and I were working really well, finally commanding the fastball the way I should. Definitely the best I felt out there this year, for sure. Velocity was up a tick. Just felt right, felt in sync. Just competed from there.”

Confidence has never left Giolito throughout the poor results, and he’s talked after every start about getting back on the horse and giving it another try. Consistently working in between starts, things finally seemed to click Friday night.

“It all worked today,” manager Rick Renteria said. “(Pitching coach Don Cooper) says that every bullpen has gotten better, from the beginning to this point. He sees progress. The velocity that he showed today was something that Coop was seeing in his work. You can see that his delivery is continuing to improve. He was trusting himself, really attacking the strike zone, trusted his breaking ball today when he need to and just tried to command as much as he could. Did a nice job.”

Giolito went through this kind of thing last year, when he started off poorly at Triple-A Charlotte with a 5.40 ERA through his first 16 starts. But then things got better, with Giolito posting a 2.78 ERA over his final eight starts with the Knights before getting called up to the big leagues.

This was just one start, of course, but perhaps he can follow a similar formula this year, too, going from a rough beginning to figuring things out.

“I’m not trying to tinker or think about mechanics anymore,” he said. “It’s about flow, getting out there and making pitches. We were able to do that for the most part.

“I’ll watch video and see certain things, and I have little cues here and there. But I’m not going to go and overanalyze things and nitpick at certain stuff anymore. It’s about going there and having fun and competing.”

Maybe that’s the secret. Or maybe this is simply a brief flash of brilliance in the middle of a tough first full season in the bigs.

Whatever it was, it was the best we’ve seen of Giolito during the 2018 campaign. And it was far more like what was expected back before that campaign got going.