Well, I’m back in Chicago, and oh boy, it is freezing! But seriously, I think it’s awesome (at least for now).
Miami was amazing. We got to see Pitbull, who put on a great show for all the Marlins fans. Wait until you all see the new uniforms in person before you judge them; if we start winning games everyone is going to love them even more! Being in Miami and seeing the new stadium, the culture and the energy that is already there and then seeing what the Marlins are trying to bring to South Florida shows you how serious they are. The front office, Mr. Jeffrey Loria and everyone else involved want to build a consistent winner down there. They are going to try and make the team better each and every year and that’s exactly what they are looking to do this year. As a fan, I think that’s all you can ask for.
I will be here in Chicago until next week before heading down to Panama for Thanksgiving. We are going down to Panama to help out some people down there and be a part of Andruw Jones and Orlando Cepeda’s charity event. Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada will be down there, too, so it should be a great time. It’s always good to help out and lend a hand when you can. I hope I get to see my buddy Ruben Blades down there. I have never been to Panama, but I have heard great things so I’m excited to get down there.
Please be sure to send along your questions through my site because I’m sure you want to know some of the things that have been going on, and I have plenty of time these days (haha). I swear I’m not going outside in this weather unless there is a Bulls game, and we know that’s not going to happen.
My question for you is: What do you think about the Marlins’ new logo and uniforms? I think they look awesome!
This has been a tough couple of days for me and my family. Change is never easy, especially when you are leaving an organization you spent 22 years of your life with. The Chicago White Sox were the first organization to give me the opportunities to both play and manage in the big leagues. For 22 years, I tried to give them everything I had every day. In 2005, we were able to do something that hadn’t been done in 88 years — bring the World Series trophy back to the city of Chicago. Handing that trophy over to Mr. Jerry Reinsdorf is something I will never forget because I knew how important it was to him. That was a dream of both of ours, and no one will ever be able to take that away from us.
I want to thank everyone that made my years in Chicago special. First of all, I had the opportunity to manage some great players and need to thank them for coming to the park ready to play every single day. Thank you to my great coaching staff, the front office, Minor League department, security, grounds crew, everyone that works at the ballpark and everyone that worked for and played for the White Sox from 2004-11. I also can’t thank the fans enough for the love and support they showed me and my family throughout my career. I hope that support can continue in the future. Chicago will ALWAYS be my home, and my message to all the fans is simply this: I will forever love you and will never forget you.
As I’m sure most of you know, a new chapter in my life began today. It’s hard to explain how happy and excited I am to be joining the Miami Marlins organization. I’m honored that they wanted me to be a part of this new era in Marlins baseball. I want to thank Mr. Jeffrey Loria, Mr. David Samson, Mr. Larry Beinfest, Mr. Michael Hill and Jack McKeon for everything they have done for the Marlins organization and the opportunity they have given me. My goal is to make them and Marlins fans everywhere proud of their team. I can promise you that we are going to play the game the right way. I am really looking forward to the future and can’t wait to get started!!