(Ozzie Guillien, above, shows exactly how he’d manage Derek Jeter)
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen had no problem expressing his man-crush on New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter.
“Derek Jeter has everything in his life,” Guillen gushed Wednesday. ”He’s got money, he’s got rings…”
Then Guillen paused and laughed as it became obvious where he was going.
”He’s not married,” he continued. ”He lives in New York. At the All-Star Game, I looked around to see if he’s got anything I don’t like. Whoa. The perfect man. Too bad I don’t have a daughter.”
(Cabrera’s 2nd inning error against the Yankees last night)
And then, South Side Sox brought me to the on-going Colombian Shortstop Blood Feud going on between Detroit’s Edgar RenterÃa and Chicago’s Orlando Cabrera, the two greatest players in their native country’s history, reported on here at length by ESPN’s Jorge Arangure Jr. The two will be on the field together next week when the Sox and Tigers meet up at the end of April, but it dates back to 1992 when Cabrera’s father got RenterÃa signed to the majors. This, I should add, was long before Cabrera read Ayn Rand or saw his family for the Spanish language adaptation of Long Day’s Journey Into Night that it is. As Arangue reports:
But last year Team RenterÃa, a family business that runs the four-team Colombian winter league and a youth baseball academy in Barranquilla, was looking for investors. Edinson RenterÃa, Edgar’s older brother and the league’s president, offered to sell the Cartagena franchise to Cabrera, who’d already opened a competing academy in his hometown. Cabrera put in $25,000 to buy the Indios but sold them back to the RenterÃas at the end of the season, in January, when, he says, his interest waned. Despite many disagreements with Edinson over such issues as TV-rights fees and ticket sales, Cabrera believed the separation was amicable. In fact, it was not.
“He wanted to buy one team so he could wreck everything that’s been done with the league,” Edgar says. “I think he did it out of malice. You should ask him what he has against the RenterÃas. For several years, people have told me that he’s jealous of me. People have always known me more in Colombia than him, and I think that bothers him.”
As Cabrera listens to a recording of these comments, his jaw drops in disbelief. This is Colombia’s baseball ambassador, the tactful RenterÃa? Cabrera seems more surprised than angry. “These are ignorant comments from an ignorant person,” he says. “I’ve always respected Edgar as one of the smartest people on the field, who, because of his intelligence, has excelled beyond his abilities. For him to make comments like that is disappointing.”