It was White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf’s birthday yesterday. Ozzie Guillen got all sentimental:
“As soon as he dies, I’ll get the [bleep] out.”
Seriously, though, Ozzie has much love for Reinsdorf:
“I think I love Jerry, and he knows it, he’s like a father to
everyone here. He’s not just my boss. I think the reason I have a great life and the
reason why I really take care of all my family is because of him. He
means a lot to us. I thank God for my dad but I think my real dad is
Jerry. He spent the most money (on) me. My dad gave me a couple dollars
– Jerry’s made me rich.”
Feel the love.
The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.
Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.
The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.