1. Ozzy Guillen is fed up New York Post baseball reporter Jon Heyman.
Guyen, who managed the White Sox from 2004 to ’11, currently works in studio for NBC Sports Chicago and appears on the team’s pregame and postgame broadcasts.
With the White Sox struggling this season at 43–45 and many calling for the team to fire manager Tony La Russa, Heyman took to Twitter to accuse Guillen of going after La Russa’s job based on recent comments that Guillen did on television.
Heyman’s scathing comment didn’t sit well with Guillen, who took to Twitter to call Heyman, among other things, a liar, a clown and a hater, while challenging him to a charity boxing match (which we’d love to see happen).
It all started Tuesday when Guillen said on the postgame show that La Russa “looks like Rick Renteria with credentials.” Renteria compiled a 236–309 record as White Sox manager from 2017–20 before being replaced by La Russa.
If you look at the full context of Guillen’s comments, it’s clear to see that he said absolutely nothing wrong or out of line.
However, for some unknown reason, Heyman got excited about Guillen comparing La Russa to Renteria, so he took to the Twitter app and said that Guillen was bashing La Russa in hopes of getting La Russa’s job.
All hell broke loose from there, with Guillen sending out a series of tweets in which he unloaded on Heyman.
That best part of this has to be Guillen repeatedly apologizing to his wife for the snap while tearing Heyman to shreds. This is what you call controlled anger.
2. It’s Thursday, so that means a new one SI Media Podcast. My guest this week is author, reporter and podcast host James Andrew Miller. Topics covered during our conversation include The Washington Post’The recent article on Adam Schefter, Matthew Berry leaving ESPN, where media rights deals for Big Ten football, LIV golf and more stand.
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After Miller, Sal Licata joins me for the weekly Traina Thoughts segment. This week we discuss my review of ESPN’s upcoming Derek Jeter docu-series, the Zach Wilson “scandal” and Tony Sirico’s recent death from The Sopranos. I also read recent Apple reviews to close the show.
You can listen to the podcast below or download it from Apple, Spotify and Google
3. Tom Brady opens up about his relationship with Donald Trump in a new story from Diversity. Brady claims the press has mischaracterized his relationship with Trump and that the two haven’t spoken in years.
Of course, if you are loyal SI Media Podcast listener, you should know by now that Brady and Trump’s “friendship” is not what the media is making it out to be.
4. I enjoy some good old-fashioned trivia, so I laughed when I read that the British Open was giving LIV golfers crappy tee times and excluding them from press conferences.
5. Charles Barkley had a vintage Charles Barkley quote when asked about Bradley Beal’s recent $251 million contract extension for Washington Football Talk podcast: “Let me tell you something. My mother – I love my mother; she died a few years ago. Every time I see one of these contracts, I want to drive to the graveyard and just grab it and say, “Why couldn’t you have waited a few more years to have me?! Just a few more years!’”
6. Great moment here for ESPN’s Tim Kurkian, who will deservedly be inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame next weekend.
7. RANDOM VIDEO OF THE DAY: We don’t talk enough about the time Larry David came along Judge Judy.
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