Is a bomb going to go off in the Arizona desert?
Over the past couple weeks, the Chicago White Sox's Spring Training has overtaken the new ownership of the Cubs as the front page news all over baseball. And it hasn’t been because of anything the team has done on the field.
Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has always been a polarizing figure who feels free—sometimes too free—to speak his mind on any issue. Whether it’s hating Wrigley Field, Barack Obama 's Presidential campaign, or the weather in Arizona, Guillen always has an opinion and it’s always colorful.
Recently, though, his opinions have been more accessible.
Thanks to Twitter, Guillen and his son Oney have started sharing their thoughts with thousands of followers on a sporadic basis over the past month. While any medium that allows Guillen’s opinions an easier route to the masses is cause for concern, it was his son’s use of the social web site that has led to an uncomfortable situation in Mesa.
Oney , who was on the Sox payroll in the video/scouting department, became critical of the organization’s interest in his posts. His Twitter became enough of a concern that Sox General Manager Kenny Williams wanted to discuss the matter directly with his manager’s son.
That meeting reportedly became heated, and ended with Oney Guillen resigning from his position with the Sox.
Things became more tense, though, over the weekend. Ozzie Guillen told a number of Chicago media outlets that he encouraged his son to resign from his position with the team.
Ozzie said that he would still have his son around the team throughout Spring Training, despite the fact that he would no longer be a paid member of the organization.
If anyone told him he couldn’t have his son around the team, Ozzie told the media he would follow his son’s lead and resign as well.
The regular season begins in two weeks, but the White Sox have cause for significant concern because of the chasm between the front office and bench. If the rift continues to get worse, 2009 might end up being Guillen’s final full season as the manager on Chicago’s South Side.