Ozzie Guillen pukes every time he goes to Wrigley

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I
don’t know how White Sox fans feel about things, but those of us who
don’t care if they win or lose never, ever want Ozzie Guillen to be
fired, because if he was, a true national treasure would be lost. Here’s Guillen yesterday on the Sox’ annual trek to Wrigley Field:

“But
one thing about Wrigley Field, I puke every time I go there. That’s
just to be honest. And if Cub fans don’t like the way I talk about
Wrigley Field, it’s just Wrigley Field. I don’t say anything about the
fans or anything now. But Wrigley Field, they got to respect my
opinion. That’s the way I feel.”

I went to Wrigley Field and
sat in the bleachers once, and I can tell you: Many Cubs fans puke when
they go there too. Though it probably has less to do with the
architecture than it does the Old Style.

Ozzie also has an
opinion about former teammate Jack McDowell, who had some harsh words
in his blog (McDowell has a blog? Really?) for Guillen’s treatment of
rookie Gordon Beckham:

I know Chicago better than Jack
McDowell. I know Chicago better than (Gordon) Beckham. I just try to
get fans and media to let this kid alone and let him play the game.
It’s kind of funny because everyone has their opinion and you think
people who know about baseball, all of a sudden surprise you that they
don’t. When people have little knowledge about the game, all of a
sudden you turn around like, ‘oh, I guess he don’t know (bleep) about
baseball.’ “

Ozzie Guillen is totally the best.

Report: Cardinals, Yadier Molina making “major progress” on contract extension

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals and catcher Yadier Molina are making “major progress” on a contract extension. Molina told the team he won’t discuss an extension during the season, hence the rapid progress.

Molina is entering the last guaranteed year of a five-year, $75 million contract signed in March 2012. He and the Cardinals hold a mutual option worth $15 million with a $2 million buyout for the 2018 season. The new extension would presumably cover at least the 2018-19 seasons and likely ’20 as well.

Molina is 34 years old but is still among the most productive catchers in baseball. Last season, he hit .307/.360/.427 with 38 doubles, 58 RBI, and 56 runs scored in 581 plate appearances. Though he has lost a step or two with age, Molina is still well-regarded for his defense. The Cardinals also value his ability to handle the pitching staff.

Sandy Leon homered twice in one inning, including a grand slam

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Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon achieved a rare feat during Monday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition against the Orioles: he homered twice in one inning. One of those homers happened to be a grand slam.

Leon led off the top of the fifth inning with a solo home run off of Logan Verrett. Verrett continued to get knocked around, giving up three singles and a walk before being relieved by Brian Moran. Moran gave up a walk to load the bases, then a single to knock in a run and keep the bases loaded. Leon stepped back to the plate and swatted a grand slam to left field, making it an eight-run fifth for the Red Sox. The Sox would tack on one more before the inning was mercifully ended.

How often do players homer twice in one inning during the regular season? Not that often. Since 2010, the feat has been accomplished four times in the American League and twice in the National League. The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo was the only one to do it last year.

As for Leon, he’s on track to open the season as the starting catcher in Boston, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reported last week.