Hot response

When you consider the likes of Charlie Manuel in Philadelphia, Eric Wedge in Cleveland, and Mike Hargrove in Seattle, Steve Phillips’s assessment the other night on ESPN that White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen is the manager most on the hot seat heading into 2007 seemed a little preposterous. Then we, you know, realized this was Steve Phillips and went about the rest of our business.

But you had to know the outspoken Guillen, one year removed from a World Series title, would have something to say about it.

”Every time I talk to him, he tries to be nice to me,” Guillen told the Chicago Sun Times. ”If I’m in that position [on the hot seat], then I’m in great shape because I have two more years on my contract. And I guarantee him if I’m done with the White Sox, I can go to my house or get another job.

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”I have a better record than his manager [Bobby Valentine] did with the Mets. I have a better record as a manager than [Phillips] when he was the Mets’ general manager. We pick better players than he did back then. He forgot about when I was with Atlanta and he was the general manager [of the Mets] and we beat him. He forgot I was the guy who hit the base hit to right field to win the game.”

And this might be only the second-best response to Phillips’s nonsense this week. After the ESPN analyst pronounced Alex Rodriguez would be the MVP of the All-Star Game last Sunday, the folks over at firejoemorgan.com accurately retorted: “Who the [expletive] cares about the All-Star Game?”