Were he not on Master’s duty this week, we’ve got to presume the Sun-Times’ Jay Mariotti would’ve taken note of White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen’s remarks prior to John Danks getting clobbered by the Twins last night. From Mariotti’s colleague Joe Cowley :
Before the game, Ozzie was asked about umpire Phil Cuzzi, who is responsible for Guillen’s last two ejections, including Monday’s. As usual, Guillen pulled no punches.
”I don’t like that guy behind the plate,” Guillen said. ”And I’m going to let him know. He don’t like me. I don’t like him. One reason is, if you don’t like me as a man and what I do, I respect that. But if you don’t like me, and all of a sudden you’re going to take it out on my players, you’re wrong. That’s unprofessional.
”And I just let him know I don’t like him the first day I see him, and I think he feels the same way about me. And we have to move on. Every time he’s behind the plate, we might have a problem. We might. We have. The last couple times behind the plate, we have a problem. And he tried to be smart with me, and I do what I have to do and he does what he has to do. And I got a good sleep last night.
”I will spend all my money for him. I don’t care. But obviously, we don’t like each other.”
Cuzzi didn’t seem to mind one way or the other.
”It may be personal to him, but I’m just doing my job,” Cuzzi said. ”It’s as simple as that. The pitches he complained about, they were good pitches. The ones I called balls weren’t.It’s as simple as that. He may have it in his mind, but I don’t.
”It doesn’t bother me in the sense that, if that’s what he decides he’s going to do, that’s his business. I’m just doing my job. He had nothing to complain about. The tape will prove that.”
So how will this one end? According to Guillen, not pretty.
”Put it this way, as soon as I know he’s going to be behind the plate, I know I’m going to get ejected,” Guillen said.
That Edwin Jackson lowered his ERA to 0.64 in 14 innings pitched after picking up his 2nd win in Tampa’s 7-0 defeat of Seattle today, isn’t the biggest shocker. That honor would go to Jackson’s battery mate Mike DiFelice, who drove in three runs for the Rays. That looks less like a career-high for the veteran catcher, and seems more like a career total.