UPDATE: Ozzie expanded on his earlier comments in the postgame presser:
Guillen said that West told him “to get the
(bleep) off the field.” Guillen said he knew that managers, players and
coaches cannot argue balk calls, but felt that West overstepped his
“He thinks he’s the (bleep)
in the field,” said Guillen, who could be both fined and suspended.
“People pay to watch (bleeping) players play, not to see umpires and
managers. I don’t see any people say, ‘I’m going to see Ozzie Guillen
manage or Joe West (bleeping) umpire.’ ”
“Joe’s been that way for a
lot of years … Sometimes he thinks (bleeping) people pay to watch him
Worth noting that it’s not at all clear that Ozzie was angry when he said this. He kind of goes on like that all the time. Usually he just makes sure he’s off the record first.
3:45 P.M: I’m totally with old Ozzie on this one in theory — umpire Joe West was totally out of line this afternoon — but Guillen’s post-game comment on West might be a bridge too far:
“He’s a f—ing a–hole.”
I don’t know that they’ve come up with computers sophisticated enough
to calculate the size of the fine Guillen is gonna get for that one.
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.