Like it or not, Ozzie Guillen re-emerged as a story this week in Chicago. First and foremost, the focus should be out in Boston, where Philip Humber had a fantastic return to the rotation and Kevin Youkilis homered against his former team. But for the next few days, we can't ignore Guillen's presence on the North Side.
Between the chest-beating and shots at the media, Guillen has a point -- you can't compare him to Robin Ventura. Specifically, nobody can definitively say the White Sox wouldn't be in first place had Guillen still been managing the club. Is it plausible? Maybe.
The different-atmosphere-in-the-clubhouse drum has been beaten since February. The turnarounds of Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Jake Peavy can't be ignored, although we'll never know whether those would've happened under Guillen.
But really, it's not a question that needs to be addressed. The White Sox are in first place with Ventura as their manager. Dunn and Peavy made the All-Star team; Rios built a legitimate claim to a spot heading into the break.
It doesn't matter what Guillen would've done with this team. What matters is what Ventura has done with it.
Also, last night we asked fans their thoughts on Guillen's comments, and the response was resounding and unanimous:
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