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Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

Posted on: March 31, 2011 2:45 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2011 3:49 pm
 
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Ozzie Guillen The White Sox will start the season in Cleveland tomorrow, and Ozzie Guillen isn't happy about it.

"Very stupid to play in Cleveland right now," the White Sox manager told the Chicago Tribune on Thursday after his players built a snowman at the team's workout day at Progressive Field. "Nothing against Cleveland. We expect that. When you play on opening day … a couple of years ago they canceled like 30 games here. [But]  we are here and we have to play through snow."

The Indians had to clear 3-4 inches of snow to prepare for Thursday's workout and Indians groundskeeper Brandon Koehnke told the Cleveland Plain Dealer the field would be ready for play on Friday.

"Based on the forecast and the work we're doing, I don't have any reason to believe we can't be ready by Friday afternoon," Koehnke said. "It's going to be a long, painstaking process to get to that point, but these are the cards we've been dealt."

With temperatures rising, the snow is expected to melt, and Koehnke said the drainage system would take over.

That's not much comfort to the players who will be playing in the cold.

"That's why I don't understand why teams don't start in domes or on the West Coast for the first couple of weeks," Mark Buehrle told the Tribune. "We'll just have to deal with it and hopefully they can clean it off and be ready to go."

Buehrle has a point, even though it would stink to have your team constantly starting it season on the road and never getting to experience a true opening day. However, it doesn't make much sense to have the Angels, Diamondbacks and Astros open on the road.

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Comments

Since: Dec 10, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 10:56 pm
 

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

Shut up Ozzie, I don't care what you think, and am sick of your need to inflict yourself on everyone around you.




Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:19 pm
 

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

Talk about "stupid is as stupid does" That's all Ozzie ever does is Bitch, Bitch, bitch.It is something
you'll always have to live with. Start on the west coast all the time and you might have rain...afterall
they just had a ton of rain  in LA. You might even have  an earthquake.
If the home team can handle it....SO CAN YOU!



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:14 pm
 

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

Guillen crys so much the Miami Heat ought to offer him a contract. Geez, the season has'nt even started and he's being treated unfairly..boo fkin hoo. Somebody b-slap him for me.



Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

Why not start the season with interleague play and have all the games in domes or warm weather sites?  Then in the summer have the warm weather teams go to the midwest and east coast?  This would just make too much common sense to try!  I am sure I am not the first to think of this, but afterall - Bud probably wouldn't understand this either!



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

Since Jacobs Field/Progressive opened in 1994, this will only be the 5th time the Indians opened at home.  We should be able to celebrate opening day at home every now and again.



Since: Feb 3, 2010
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:34 pm
 

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

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In these terrible cold conditions the spit will freeze instantly. Aim toward the ground fellas so nobody loses an eye!

 



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

Bad weather ruins the quality of the game, hence why it would be nice if they all started in domed or warmer climates.  No offence to the need to start in your cold-weather city of preference.  If MLB wants to start weeks earlier then it used to it must not ignore the reality.

Double headers are fine and dandy, as long as it isn't being forced to happen in coooler weather.  Very uncomfortable situation for everyone involved in that stadium, with baseball's constsnt standing or sitting around making everyone get cooler.



Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:24 pm
 

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

Wow. Them Pale Hosers sure do like to complain. For the first couple of weeks? Really? A few reasons why this method of thinking doesn't work. First, I'm sure that Opening Day at home would take a hit if a team happens to struggle on the road for 2-3 weeks, and shows up for their home opener with a 3-14 record. Also, a few weeks ranges from 12-18 games. Now, a "cold weather team" gets the benefit to play more home games, later in the season, when they've reached midseason form and the pennant races start to heat up. If Burhrle didn't want to play in the cold weather, then maybe he should've gone to a team who plays in a warmer climate, rather than giving Chicago a "hometown discount" to continue pitching on the southside.



Since: Mar 31, 2011
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:19 pm
 

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

Hey....you cannot put ALL the teams on the West Coast to start the season!!!  Think about it people, that is IMPOSSIBLE. This happens every stinking year where a team (or more) is unhappy to start the season in bad weather. Well....too friggin bad!! You get paid tons of money to play......deal with it!!!



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Guillen: 'Very stupid' to start in Cleveland

I remember a time back in the 80's and 90's where the red sox always started the season on a west coast road trip. They actually did that for a few years. Makes sense to me


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