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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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Eloy Jimenez gets rave review from Yankees All Star: 'He can be a star for all of MLB'

Eloy Jimenez gets rave review from Yankees All Star: 'He can be a star for all of MLB'

The temperature is rising on the South Side, and if you look outside, you know it has nothing to do with Mother Nature.

Instead, it’s a heat wave coming from a fresh-faced 22-year-old slugger who’s crushing baseballs, igniting a fan base and screaming “Hi Mom!” to his actual mother whenever he spots a TV camera with its red light on.

Eloy Jimenez has arrived with the White Sox, and according to a New York Yankees All Star who has known him for years, the best is yet to come.

“Not this year, but next year, he’s going to be even better,” infielder Gleyber Torres said about Jimenez.

The two of them were signed by that team across town in 2013 when they were both 16 years old. They were practically inseparable back then, and they remain tight to this day.

“I talk with Gleyber pretty much every single day now. He’s kind of like my brother,” Jimenez said. “We haven’t lost that communication, and I think that’s good for us.”

Torres echoed similar thoughts about Jimenez.

“In my first couple years with the Cubs, he was my roommate every day. We’ve got a really good relationship. We’re like brothers. We are really good friends,” Torres said. “I’m just happy to see what he’s doing right now.”

Which, lately, has been just about everything.

There was that majestic home run Jimenez belted on Wednesday against the Washington Nationals that landed on the center field concourse at Guaranteed Rate Field, the two walks the next day when the Yankees decided to pitch around Jimenez as if he was a perennial All Star, and then the two-homer game on Friday: The first one gave the White Sox the lead, the second stuck a dagger into the Yankees, as well as the heart of his longtime friend.

“For sure, I didn’t like it,” Torres said with a smile about Jimenez’s two-homer, six-RBI game. “I’m not surprised. I knew Eloy before he signed with the Cubs out of the Dominican. He’s a big dude. The power is coming every day.”

How good can Jimenez be? Torres, who plays on a star-studded team with Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge and Didi Gregorius, sees Jimenez reaching the same stratosphere.

“He can be a star for all of MLB. He’s just a young guy right now, but when he matures a little more, he can do everything.”

Jimenez is turning up the heat in Chicago, and it’s not even summer yet.

The South Side can’t wait for the sizzle to come.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Eloy is coming? No. Eloy is here!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Eloy is coming? No. Eloy is here!

Eloy Jimenez has arrived.

His rookie season has become special with big games and big moments, the latest being his two-homer, six RBI game against the Yankees. Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber discuss the magic of Eloy (1:30). Chuck interviews Jimenez after the game (6:20), Lucas Giolito is the first 10-game winner in baseball. Let that sink in (8:00). Die-hard White Sox fan Frank Kaminsky rips Cubs fans (13:00) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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