When you think of a peak Chicago White Sox team, you think of the 2005 squad that went 11-1 in the postseason and ended a long World Series drought. It was one of the most special sports moments in Chicago history and Ozzie Guillen was the man in charge of those players. He was a Manager of the Year level guy for a very long time and the results were there.
He is the greatest coach in the history of Chicago baseball and deserves to be remembered as such on his birthday. He turns 58 years old today and has spent most of those years making life better for fans of this team. He deserves all of the praise that he can get on this day.
If the White Sox didn’t win the World Series in 2005, the perception of this team would be even worse. Now that they are starting to get good again, we can use that 2005 team as a measuring stick for what it takes to win big. It also brings back memories about how special winning actually is.
Guillen was also a great player before his managing days. He could be argued as the greatest nine hitters in the history of the sport. He was also a Gold Glove level shortstop which really helped the White Sox on the defensive side of things.
Ozzie Guillen deserves a lot of praise for what he accomplished with the White Sox.
In the present day, Guillen does media. He is the face of NBC Sports Chicago’s pre and postgame coverage of the team. He does a great job breaking down the game for fans and giving a few laughs along the way. He isn’t involved on the baseball operations side of things anymore but he is still very much around in the White Sox community.
Some people wonder if he is ever going to manage again. If the opportunity presents itself, you can bet your bottom dollar that he will take it. He already interviewed with the San Diego Padres this offseason but the job was given to someone else. It is going to be very interesting to see what comes in the future for number 13 but enjoying his birthday should take center stage on this day.