CHICAGO -- After two questionable balk calls on Mark Buehrle on Friday night, the hot topic Saturday afternoon wasn’t the White Sox come-from-behind victory. Instead the discussion centered on the relationship between Ozzie Guillen’s team and Joe West’s umpiring crew.
So, is there something personal between Guillen and West?
“You better ask him,” Guillen said. “I’m the type of guy, I can be real upset and next week I’m fine. I never hold grudges against anyone, even my worst enemy."
Guillen, however, did find it odd that Buehrle has been called for only four balks all season, all by the same crew.
“Mark Buehrle’s been doing this for 10 years, I don’t know if it’s a personal thing, but it’s not good,” Guillen said.
Guillen was unsure if Buehrle’s pickoff move was against the rules or not, but he clearly wasn’t pleased with the job the umpires did last night.
“If I told you exactly what I feel about the baseball last night, I would not be here right now, I’d be home, suspended for a few years," Guillen added.
Guillen went as far as to say that he couldn’t remember being that angry during a game in his life, which is quite a feat in and of itself.
Still, Guillen isn’t worried about his relationship with any umpire.
“As long as they respect the game and respect my players, then why should we be friends? I do respect them and I get along with a lot of umpires,” Guillen said.
Is Guillen planning on sending the video of last night’s game to be reviewed by the powers that be?
“No, if the White Sox want to do it, that’s fine,” Guillen said.
Sounds like a solid plan by Guillen, but his team has bigger concerns than wondering if the umps are out to get them. Staring down a five game deficit to the Twins with only 21 games remaining, the White Sox should have only one thing on their minds: winning ball games.