The season is winding down as we finish up our final road series here this week. I think one thing I can say about this team is that it fought hard. We had several challenges this year and the guys didn’t quit; we were right in it with a couple weeks to go, but it just wasn’t in the cards this year.
On a brighter note, this past weekend in Kansas City I had the opportunity to attend the Negro League Baseball Museum Legends luncheon with Frank White and Willie Wilson. It was an honor to sit by those two men that played the game the right way. This was not my first time to the museum, and if you have never been, I strongly suggest you go and check it out. The place is an absolute temple. I believe every baseball player and fan coming through Kansas City should check it out and appreciate the history of the game. I guarantee it will make you love the game even more and make every player appreciate what we have. Here is a picture of a couple of fans I got to meet while visiting the museum.
OK, now on to your questions. I have to say, I was expecting some harder questions, but not to worry I still appreciate all your support!
Q: My kids are still talking about getting to meet you at the Binnys. They were in awe when they saw you. My daughter, who is 13, was like, “Ozzie is such a cool dresser” (haha). And my son, who is 7, thinks it’s the coolest thing that we have the Ozzie bobblehead that you said you had never seen before. Now it’s signed! Just wanted to let you know the Weber Family will be truly sad if you are not with the Sox next year. To us you are the face of The Chicago White Sox! — Nicole W. (Chicago)
A: Well, thanks Weber family! And tell your daughter thanks for noticing my clothes (haha). I love meeting true fans. Thanks for coming out.
Q: Hi Ozzie, I wanted to know how can I get your autograph for the best man in my wedding. I think that is the best present I can give him. Thanks, Andres. — Andres C. (Hollywood, FL)
A: Send what you want signed to the address that we will give you.
Q: I can’t count how many games I’ve been to in my life. Raised three kids as die hard Sox fans here 100 miles south of Chicago. You really have had our support all these years. Winning the World Series still gives me goosebumps. One thing though: I can’t stand watching Rios come to bat. Thanks! — Mark K. (Chatsworth, IL)
A: I appreciate all the support. If you can’t watch it close your eyes, I guess (haha).
Q: I wanted to ask you if you knew that you do have fans in Cleveland. I think you are by far the best manager in all of baseball, thank you for a chance to tell you! — Bernie H. (N. Ridgeville, OH)
A: Well, I’d like to think I have fans all over. I’m actually in Cleveland right now, come on by and say hi. Thanks for the great compliment.
Q: Hey Ozzie, I sure hope you remain the White Sox manager for a long time to come. I love the fact that you speak your mind when other people are afraid to. I can’t see anybody else running this team. I hear a lot of people on the radio and on the internet, a lot of those people will be very sorry if you are gone. I will be sorry if you’re gone. — Jeff K. (Chicago)
A: Thanks for the support, it means a lot. And the second part is not up to me, I made my plans clear a long time ago.
Until next time…