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Breaking News: Ozzie Guillen To Suspend Campaign!

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Embattled Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen has decided to suspend his 2008 playoff campaign and return to Chicago in an effort to confront the growing emotional crisis currently gripping the city's south side.

Guillen said he might also delay tonight's scheduled game against the Cleveland Indians until "we have taken action to deal with this crisis." White Sox officials hailed the decision as proof Guillen is a "take-charge" leader who "puts his city's interests ahead of his own."

Guillen, whose team was just swept in three games by the Minnesota Twins, also appealed to fans of Chicago's other team, the Cubs -- who have already clinched a playoff spot -- to "set aside our differences" and come together in the interests of "achieving a consensus" that could avert a full-blown emotional disaster.

However, Cubs officials reacted warily to Guillen's entreaty, saying they planned to go forward with their own game Friday night in Milwaukee, as scheduled.

"A manager needs to be able to do more than one thing," said Cubs Manager Lou Piniella.

The White Sox's three losses in Minnesota Twins squandered what had been a 2 1/2-game lead, leaving them now trailing the Twins by 1/2 game in the most recent MLB/Washington Post standings (margin of error: +/- 0 games).

By Dave Sheinin  |  September 26, 2008; 9:28 AM ET
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You're funny, Dave, though introducing politics onto a baseball blog can be a slippery slope...

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 26, 2008 10:26 AM | Report abuse

This is good. Ripped from the pages of The Onion?

Posted by: Chris | September 26, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

". . . though introducing politics onto a baseball blog can be a slippery slope..."

Posted by: Ditto. | September 26, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

What the heck? You are a DC paper, please talk about the Nationals, not the rest of the league.
Check out the Caps insider for examples how to write about the home team.

Posted by: Daniel | September 26, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Daniel, they are, at the Nationals Journal.

Re. the Sox - my fave passage from Rosenbloom's column in the Tribune:

The Sox are saying what they have to say. The Sox are bringing the big talk. The Sox say they are still in.

Yeah, they are in it the same way that Sonny Corleone was still in his car at the tollbooth.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 26, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | September 26, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Cute, Dave.

Posted by: Patty | September 26, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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