October 2011

What a World Series!

What a World Series. Wow! Looking back, I just can’t believe all the crazy things that happened during that Series. It was definitely fun to watch and fun to be there in that environment with ESPN. I can’t say enough how awesome everyone was there and I look forward to working with them again in the future. Well I guess it’s not up to me (haha), but I would definitely like to do it again.

Congrats to Tony LaRussa and the Cardinals. It’s not about who is the best team, it’s about who gets hot at the right time, and the Cardinals proved that. On the other side of it, I was very proud of Ron Washington and the whole Texas Rangers team for battling through everything and almost being on top.

After the Series I went to New York to watch my good friend Ruben Blades perform along with 8 Y Mas. What an amazing concert, but even more amazing was the snow! It was not very fun, but I can tell you the drinks made it a lot more interesting (haha).

Right now, I’m back in Venezuela doing some things for my foundation, the Ozzie Guillen Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to helping kids dealing with cancer and their families. This is without a doubt the best part about being a “celebrity.” Just the fact that we can help to give back and make such a huge impact on people’s lives means more to me than anything else. I’m also here to support my buddy Carlos Zambrano and his Home Run Derby that is going to take place in Puerto Cabello, close to the beach. We are also filming a Pepsi commercial down here with Carlos and Bobby Abreu. Here are some pictures:

After all of these activities we are headed back to Miami for the unveiling of the new Miami Marlins logo. To be honest with you, I haven’t seen the logo yet but I am very excited.  I have heard a lot about some leaks and I don’t know what is true and what is not. I have heard some good and some bad things, but I can’t wait to see what they have done with it … let’s hope for the best!

Back in St. Louis

Back here in St. Louis for Game 6, but I am wishing this weather could be more like Texas! Isn’t it just amazing how every move in the World Series gets talked about? It’s the biggest stage in our sport. There is so much pressure on every pitch and every move that when something goes wrong, it becomes a major deal.

This experience has been awesome so far. It has been very cold for us working on the ESPN set in St. Louis, but overall it has been great to be around all the guys.  John Kruk, Curt Schilling, Barry Larkin, Karl Ravech, Aaron Boone, and the list goes on and on with these great guys. They have a lot of fun and know a ton about baseball.

Texas was great and for the most part all of the games have been incredibly exciting.  The best games are the low scoring ones, and basically that’s exactly what we have had so far. For me personally, live TV never gets easy, but I love the fact that we are doing a lot of segments with different people. I even got a chance to sit next to Boomer (Chris Berman). What a voice and a great guy. That guy can do it all. Baseball, football, it doesn’t matter.

I will continue to Tweet you guys updates and pictures here from St. Louis. I’m just very blessed that I get to be a part of the World Series. It’s time to bring out the long underwear again after we had no use for it in Dallas.

Here are a couple of pictures from the Series so far:

Karl and I on the ESPN set getting ready to talk some baseball (Triple Crown Productions, Inc.)

Stepping in the broadcast booth for ESPN Deportes in Texas (Triple Crown Productions, Inc.)

I’m back and ready to cover the World Series

I’m baaaaackkkkk!!! Don’t think just because I have been out of the country I haven’t been following some baseball. I know what’s been going on in the playoffs and all over the place.

On that note, ESPN has asked me to help them out during their World Series coverage, and I gladly accepted. I’m honored and excited to work as an analyst this year along side my man John Kruk and Barry Larkin. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I guarantee lots of laughing. Make sure you tune in; you just never know what’s going to happen. I will also be on SportsCenter a couple of times, so the whole thing should be a blast. Being around baseball is what I love and it’s what I always want to be doing. This is the second best way to be around the World Series; I’m just glad they picked me and wanted me to come on board.

Congrats to all the teams that made it. The Tigers — with all their injuries — put up an amazing fight. They deserve a lot of credit with all they had to put up with. I’m not surprised about Texas because they are a very good team. I’m happy for Wash (Ron Washington) and Michael Young since he has been their leader for so long. I’m a big fan of his.

I am a little surprised at how good the Cardinals’ bullpen has been. Wow. Tony LaRussa and his staff have done a great job working those guys in. As for the Phillies, I thought they would have moved past St. Louis with their pitching, but it wasn’t meant to be.

New teams and new cities getting excited about their teams is a good thing for baseball. If the Cubs pull off that deal for Theo Epstein, it would be awesome for them. The city of Chicago would definitely appreciate it, and he has a great history of winning, as we all know.

Also, I want to say great job by A.J. Pierzynski and Tito (Terry Francona) on FOX. They are doing a great job working with a great staff. Don’t think I forgot about Spain either. What an amazing time, but you guys have probably heard enough about that! See you at the World Series. I’ll be the guy in the nice suit (haha).  Let’s hope it goes seven games. Why not? I’m torn because I was an American League guy, but now for less than a month I am a National League guy.

Who do you think will win? That’s why they play the games. Feels good to be back in the U.S.!

Having a great time in Spain

What’s up from Spain, everyone? Wow … Europe is just a completely different world. We are having so much fun. Lots of food and drink as you can imagine. I’m definitely going to have to work out some when I get back, but who am I kidding? We all know that isn’t going to happen (haha)! So far we have been to Madrid, Seville and Barcelona doing what I love best: taking in some bullfights and hanging out with the bullfighters. I actually got in front of a bull, too. It was a baby one, but still enough to get your heart beating fast. It is pretty scary and it got me in the knee with its head. My knee is a little swollen right now, but I can’t show anyone around here I got hit because it’s a little embarrassing.

Other than that I’m going to try and watch a soccer match live, either a Barcelona or a Madrid game. The stadiums are amazing here with close to 100,000 fans screaming and yelling. It is something I need to check out.

Hope you all are doing well back in the U.S. I’ll be back in Chicago soon enough and I will need to catch up on the playoffs as well as the Bears. I try to watch them as much as I can on Sundays even though I don’t know the game that well.

And that reminds me: What’s up with the NBA lockout? I want to go to some games this winter. Man, do I love basketball. Anyways, I will see you guys soon and I just wanted to check in and say what’s up and share some of my vacation with you all!

Checking in from Spain

What’s up everyone? I’m in the middle of enjoying a couple weeks here in Spain, but thought I would check in and see what’s up. Spain is awesome and a couple weeks off is exactly what I needed! Last week was certainly one of the craziest of my life; very emotional and exciting at the same time. Well, I figured I would give you an inside look at what my life looked like had you been standing next to me throughout the process. I uploaded a new photo album to my site that gives you an idea of how it all went down.

Until next time … goodbye from Spain.

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