Ozzie Guillen

Crosstown quiz: Which player or manager are you?

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Crosstown quiz: Which player or manager are you?

Ever wondered which Crosstown player or manager you are most like?

With the Cubs and Sox ready to renew their rivalry June 18-19 on NBC Sports Chicago, this quiz is your chance to find out: 


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Ozzie Guillen to Adam Eaton amid beef with Todd Frazier: 'Nobody liked you in a White Sox uniform'

Ozzie Guillen to Adam Eaton amid beef with Todd Frazier: 'Nobody liked you in a White Sox uniform'

The ongoing drama involving former White Sox teammates Adam Eaton and Todd Frazier continues to captivate the baseball world.

And now Ozzie Guillen has weighed in.

Let's run this back to Monday night, when Eaton and Frazier — now NL East division rivals playing for the Washington Nationals and New York Mets, respectively — got into an on-field chirp fest. It wasn't the first one of those they've gotten into since heading east, either.

Eaton was dealt after the 2016 season in exchange for Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning. Frazier was traded to the New York Yankees in the middle of the 2017 season and then signed with the Mets ahead of the 2018 campaign. So they were only teammates for a year, but they didn't seem to get along then, either, leading to what several have reported as a fight between the two that ended with Eaton's locker moving to a far-off corner of the White Sox clubhouse.

Though they talked without tempers flaring prior to Tuesday night's game in Washington, it doesn't seem that absence has made their hearts grow fonder. After Monday's on-field incident, Eaton said this:

Then Frazier responded like this:

Then Eaton retorted like this:

Meanwhile, back in Chicago, the fact that this started with the White Sox made it a topic of White Sox conversation, and Guillen, in his role as NBC Sports Chicago analyst, presented Eaton with a hard truth.

"I can say one thing about it: Eaton, nobody liked you in a White Sox uniform, in the clubhouse. OK?" Guillen said on Tuesday night. "That's what I know. I'm just being honest."

Ouch. Here's the full clip:

This latest drama has allowed for reflections on how Eaton and Frazier's feud played a role in a clubhouse that experienced more than its fair share of undesirable incidents — including the Drake La Roche saga and Chris Sale cutting up throwback jerseys — and helped lead to the White Sox current rebuilding project. (Hey, that's a good idea for a White Sox Talk Podcast!)

But everyone's talking about this NL East feud that has roots on the South Side. It's only fitting a South Side staple like Guillen would have his own take.

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Ozzie Guillen is back at SoxFest and wants to be a part of the White Sox organization

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Ozzie Guillen is back at SoxFest and wants to be a part of the White Sox organization

Outside of the love they gave newly elected Hall of Famer Harold Baines, the SoxFest crowd in attendance for Friday night’s opening ceremonies saved their biggest cheers for Ozzie Guillen.

It’s been quite a while since Guillen was a part of this event, and for many fans, Guillen’s inclusion ranked somewhere below the desire for a surprise Manny Machado announcement and meeting Eloy Jimenez as a highlight of this year’s SoxFest.

Count Guillen as one of the most excited about his return.

“I’m very excited. I’m very pleased. I’m very humbled because I’m back with my family, back with the people I grew up, back with the people I know for so many years,” he said after the opening ceremonies Friday night. “And especially today, when you know the ceremony is about Harold Baines. … That’s something to be part of that, it means a lot to me and my family.

“I’m glad I’m part of this, and I feel I’m back home. I feel happy. It’s something we were looking for for a long time.”

Of course, the White Sox and Guillen had a much discussed breakup when Guillen’s managerial tenure came to an end in the final days of the 2011 season. But Guillen’s been back for events at Guaranteed Rate Field in recent seasons, he talks often about the close relationship he has with team executive vice president Kenny Williams, and he still holds a prominent place in the hearts and minds of White Sox fans as the manager of the 2005 World Series champions. That much was evidenced by the reception he received Friday.

The fact that he’s the only person to manage the White Sox to a world championship in the last 100 years has plenty of South Side baseball fans hoping he returns to the managerial chair. General manager Rick Hahn agrees that Guillen should be a manager, but for those trying to read into things, know that Hahn said the White Sox job is filled.

“He's here tonight, which is great. From my standpoint, Ozzie Guillen belongs managing at the big league level,” Hahn said. “Obviously we're extremely pleased — not just because he's in the room and about to step on the podium here — but we're extremely pleased with where we are in terms of that position and would certainly like to see Ozzie get the opportunity somewhere in baseball to fulfill what I think is his best role.”

Guillen said he’d be a big league manager again if the opportunity came about, though the trend in the game right now is to hire young, first-time skippers who don’t share Guillen’s tendency to speak his mind.

But he also expressed a desire to return to the White Sox organization in some capacity, and with the way the front office has used one of Guillen’s old players, Hall of Famer Jim Thome, perhaps there could be something he could contribute.

“I want to (be a part of the White Sox),” Guillen said. “I have a job right now. But I want to go there, bring my granddaughter to the game. I raised my kids to be a White Sox fan, now raising my granddaughter to be a White Sox fan. That’s something I’m looking for. It would be nice for our family to be happy and be part of.

“I can help. I know about baseball a little bit. I can help the organization in different ways. We have a manager, and I respect him. I’m not coming here to look for a managerial job. That’s the last thing I think about. I just want to help the organization the way I can.”

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