Q. How will Ozzie Guillen be received when he returns to Chicago to play the Cubs? What do you expect from him, and will he stay out of White Sox business?
A. Itís probably not fair to assess the reaction heíll get at Wrigley Field because, well, heíll be at Wrigley Field. I canít imagine there will be all that many White Sox fans in attendance at a Cubs game, unless theyíre true Ozzie Guillen (or Mark Buehrle) fans.
At this moment in time, I think if Ozzie were to return to U.S. Cellular Field as an opposing manager, the reaction would be mixed as there are still a large number of Ozzie supporters as well as a number of people that seem to be rubbed the wrong way by the end of his tenure here. Both are fair feelings to have.
Ultimately, though, Ozzie will be remembered fondly in Chicago. Whether or not it was mostly his doing, his team brought a World Series championship to this city for the first time in almost 90 years. That should mean something.
Actually, it should mean quite a bit to those that were so starved for it. In almost every case, starved for an entire lifetime.
When it comes to Ozzie, opinions vary. I like the guy. I think heís a better-hearted person than people realize , and he knows baseball as well as anyone youíll ever meet.
Plus, heís different. Heís funny. I miss the pregame Ozzie forums. There arenít many people like him.
I imagine heíll answer any Sox team-related questions heís asked, and I suppose heíll answer them as diplomatically as possible. He spent the majority of his baseball days in this city, and it still means a lot to him.
Iíd be surprised if Ozzie went on some sort of White Sox-blasting diatribe. Thereís no reason for it.
Now, onto White Sox business:
Q. With John Danks already on the DL and Gavin Floyd feeling some arm soreness, what happens with the rotation now?
A. Itís gotten a bit tenuous, hasnít it? If the Floyd situation becomes a lengthy one, it certainly changes my idea of what Iíd like to see happen before the trade deadline.
For a while, Iíve been of the mindset that the Sox could definitely use some veteran assistance in the bullpen, with everyone but Matt Thornton being of limited experience.
While that sentiment has not changed, the delicate condition of the starting rotation is some cause for concern and may, indeed, induce some sort of trade activity.
Iím not sure how likely, or even possible, it is for the White Sox to address both needs simultaneously, but theyíre definitely measuring every option.
The question now is this: how willing should the White Sox be to sacrifice pieces of their future for the present?
Maybe Iím unreasonable, but the longer this season goes on, the more I think they should go for it as best they can.
With the right addition or two, this seasonís finish just might get real.
It could very well be their best chance in a long time.
ü Chris Rongey is the host of the White Sox pregame and postgame shows on WSCR 670-AM The Score. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisRongey and at chrisrongey.com. Subscriber Total Access members can email him questions each week via our online link.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.