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Guillen: Cubs-Sox World Series would showcase city
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/22/2008 12:09 AM

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's not like manager Ozzie Guillen sits around obsessing over the White Sox' biggest rivals, the Cubs.

Guillen is too busy worrying about his own team, but he never backs down from inquiries that involve the North Siders.

Before Sunday's 3-0 win over the Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Guillen was asked if he feels any added pressure now that the Cubs have clinched a playoff berth.

"Not really," Guillen said. "They've had a good ballclub all year long, and we know that. They played well all year long. They went through a lot of difficulty, and they resolved the difficulty and they deserve to be there.

"The expectation for us is the same way. Since spring training, I expect to be in first place. I expect to win, even when people don't think we are going to be in this position. The chemistry of the ballclub is good. We went through a lot of tough times this year and we overcame them."

Guillen was asked again about a possible White Sox-Cubs World Series.

"Like I said two months ago, if both teams go to the World Series, the (2016) Olympics will go to Chicago because they're going to find out what the city is, what it's really all about, and it's going to have international attention and I think it's going to be fun for everyone," Guillen said. "The bad thing for me is having a lot of people asking for tickets and staying at my house."

Down and out: Joe Crede met up with the White Sox on Sunday, but the ailing third baseman was not in uniform.

Crede, who is still dealing with inflammation in his lower back, hasn't played since Sept. 2 and he's not expected to be back on the field this season.

Declining to talk to the media, Crede did speak with Ozzie Guillen.

"I don't think Joe will be back this year," Guillen said. "He could be back, but not be playing. That's my opinion. It's going to be hard for him to come back and do it. From what he told me, we can't count on him this season."

After the game, Sox starter Mark Buehrle said he was going to spend Monday's day off with Crede at his home in nearby Westphalia, Mo.

"I'm going to work on his back," Buehrle said.

Alexei watch: Alexei Ramirez is only the seventh rookie in White Sox history to hit 20 home runs in a season.

Before Josh Fields hit 23 last year, Ron Kittle had 35 homers in 1983.