(CSTB file photo: Guillien, from last Easter Sunday)
A necessary update: Turns out Reuters gave a rather tepid accounting of the D. J. Carasco pitch that made contact with Miguel “Smiley” Olivo of the Kansas City Royals (which the Sox are still trying to prove Olivo threw himself, apparently). The KC Star‘s Sam Mellinger offers expanded coverage of Ozzie Guillien’s new outburst, in which he makes clear this isn’t over. œGet ready for the warnings, he said. œI signed a five-year deal with this organization, and we play Kansas City a lot. Mellinger’s reporting picks up where Reuters left off, as Guillien risks an MLB suspension for admitting he targets batters.
œI™m not going to bring in a guy who throws 85 mph to hit somebody, Guillen said. œI guarantee it. I™d bring in Dotel. I™d bring in (Matt) Thornton. I™d tell them to hit them. That™s the way I do business.
Olivo fell down trying to avoid the pitch, which hit his wrist and left a noticeable welt. He tossed his helmet to the side and started toward the mound.
Halfway there, he paused a bit, allowing White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski to limit the damage from Olivo, by far the Royals™ strongest player.
Bizarre incident, too, with Royals pitching coach Bob McClure pointing and yelling at White Sox third-base coach Jeff Cox, and, believe it or not, Guillen playing the peacekeeper role.
Olivo hit Pierzynski with the only punch that connected. Olivo is one of the happier players on the team, carrying the nickname œSmiley from his days with the Marlins. This is also his second fight in less than a year ” he began this season on the suspended list for an incident with the Mets™ JosÃ© Reyes last September.
œMost of the pitchers don™t throw me inside all the time, Olivo said. œThey throw me sliders away or whatever. If he would™ve hit me with the first pitch, I would™ve been happy to take first base. But three times inside? It™s just so obvious.
Olivo hoped to avoid another suspension, but he said he™s ready to take whatever™s coming. The incident will be reviewed by the commissioner™s office.
Guillen was still hot after the game, saying he should™ve ordered Mark Teahen to be beaned for bunting with a six-run lead, admitting to having players hit in the past, and predicting more drama in the future.
œGet ready for the warnings, he said. œI signed a five-year deal with this organization, and we play Kansas City a lot.