Some talk about Hideki
Busy day thus far, with the Brian Bruney trade done and the Yankees apparently getting serious with Andy Pettitte. Here’s something lighter, as White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen fielded a few questions about Hideki Matsui here in the work room this afternoon:
On Matsui’s World Series performance: “He made Girardi proud. It was unbelievable. This guy stepped up when they needed it, when they needed it the most. It’s not because of the World Series nobody would be talking about him right now. He says I’ve got another good year, but I think the World Series will help him a lot to be a free agent. He was pretty impressed.”
On being interested in managing Matsui: “I don’t mind. I manage two Japanese players and it’s fun. The only thing, I’ve got 20 Japanese guys around all the time. I’ve got all the media around. But I love it because all of a sudden when you get fired from the United States, you might have a chance to manage in Japan, you never know.”
On if the White Sox would have room for a DH: “We’ve got room for a lot of people. You know, Andruw (Jones), we need one more guy that could be him, but he’d have to show us he can play the outfield, too.”
By the way, Joe Girardi will be in town for a 4:30 p.m. press conference on Tuesday.