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Guillen frets youngsters' focus
By Scot Gregor | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 9/28/2009 12:16 AM

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White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen spoke his mind Saturday night. On Sunday morning, he explained himself.

Guillen was upset with his team after they blew a 5-0 lead against the Tigers and lost 12-5. But when he saw college football game on the clubhouse TVs, he became enraged.


"Listen, I have (Alexei) Ramirez, Carlos Quentin, Gordon Beckham, and I've got (Chris) Getz," Guillen said. "I have (Tyler) Flowers. I have seven or eight kids.

"The problem we have in baseball is that the people who run this thing, they let players do whatever they want to do, and that's why they do whatever they (bleeping) want to do.

"My job is to teach those kids that's not the way to do it. I never tell my players what to do or how to prepare yourself.

"But when you lose a game and all of a sudden you look around and they are watching another thing, that means you are teaching the kids: 'Don't worry about it, this is the big leagues. If we lose a game, who cares? We are out of the pennant race.'

"I have to teach these kids it's not the way we should handle this stuff. If I let that thing go away, then I don't have the power and the right to tell the kids in the future what to do because it was like, 'Well, two years ago, you let them do it.' "

Hudson breaks through: Rookie starting pitcher Daniel Hudson was a rousing success with four different teams in the White Sox' minor-league system this season.

On Sunday, the 22-year-old right-hander earned his first major-league win by allowing only 2 runs on 3 hits in 6 innings against the Tigers.

"This is the fifth locker room I've been in this year," Hudson said after getting the traditional beer shower. "But it feels great. You couldn't ask for anything better."

The Sox have Jake Peavy, Mark Buehrle, Gavin Floyd, John Danks and most likely Freddy Garcia returning to the starting rotation next season. But Hudson looks like he's also going to push for a job.

"This kid is unbelievable, the way he grew up," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "He came to the big leagues to get a feel for it, and he's really been impressive."