I don’t know why he didn’t think of it sooner, but what a genius thing Ozzie Guillen did this afternoon when he closed the door on Dayan Viciedo’s chances of coming up to the Pale Hose from Triple-A Charlotte anytime soon.
Viciedo has been tearing it up at Triple-A all year since healing from a thumb fracture sustained in spring training. The way he was going in Glendale was Phil Humber-like. It would be damn hard to tell him you don’t need him.
Ozzie Guillen gets grilled about him from any direction he looks. To stand up and tell everyone to “Shut the **** up,” (Ozzie would say that) is exactly what he needed to do all along.
Just bury it.
But I bet it still comes up tomorrow.
In the meanwhile, the Sox took both games from the Cleveland Indians this weekend, the Saturday game being postponed. Edwin Jackson turned in a hot performance in front of the looming non-waiver deadline. As coveting eyes looked on, Velo tossed six innings of two-run ball and the offense scored just enough to pull him back to 7-7.
The Sox come home Monday to host the Detroit Tigers for three games, facing Justin Verlander on Tuesday. Boston comes in after that, followed by the Yankees.
Winning each of these series would send a message in the N.L. Central race and give the Sox some momentum heading into the impending dog days.