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).
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