Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Another Reason to Love the White Sox

It was an awesome home opener yesterday for my beloved Chicago White Sox: beautiful weather, a 3-hitter by Mark Buehrle, and a 6-0 victory. I am a lifelong White Sox fan. The worst cosmic joke ever played on me by the universe was having me come to the realization that Audrey was autistic between games 2 and 3 of the 2005 World Series, which the White Sox went on to win for the first time in 88 years. Thanks for keeping things in perspective for me, universe!

Manager Ozzie Guillen is known for his colorful personality, incomprehensible Venezuelan accent, and his profanity-laced tirades, which would surely be considered much more offensive if you could figure out what the hell he was saying. My reasons for loving Ozzie are too many to count: he's the manager of my favorite team, he led the White Sox to a World Series Championship, his profanity-laced tirades, calling Cubs fans stupid last season (sweeeeeet!), but if those weren't enough reasons, autism awareness is Ozzie's favorite cause. He is extremely active in the autism community, is on the Board of Directors of Easter Seals Chicago, and has been known to sport a TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) hat at his post-game press conferences.

Just when I thought I couldn't love him any more, Ozzie started to Twitter during spring training this year. Just what every loose cannon needs...a Twitter account! The team was understandably concerned about this development, and indeed within the first week Ozzie was in hot water for agreeing with something his son had tweeted that was critical of the team. I'm sure he got a talking-to over that. Now his tweets range from the trite (Back in chitown best city in the world!) to the inscrutable (Back to work loved is hard very hard but loved), to the unintentionally hilarious (my friend pat o connor just got in gage). Rock on, Ozzie! See you at Autism Awareness Night at the Cell!

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