TAKING THE HIGH ROAD
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org October 24, 2012 7:20PM
Justin Beiber at RL restaurant during his visit to Chicago. Provided photo
Updated: November 26, 2012 7:18AM
The Ozzie corner . . .
His reaction may throw some fans for a curve.
But White Sox General Manager Ken Williams, who once bore the brunt of former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen’s unbridled mouth, is taking the high road on the Florida Marlins firing his former nattering nemesis.
“Look, Mike, I focus on the things he [Ozzie] brought to Chicago and the success we had here together . . . however it was ultimately portrayed or ended. Ozzie Guillen helped bring a World Series to a team, or a city starving for one. I hope the people of Chicago remember that more than anything else.”
Shortly after he left the White Sox — and shortly after he joined the Marlins — Guillen told the Sun-Times: “As long as Kenny Williams is the GM, I will never go back to the White Sox.
Guillen’s son, Oney, once dispatched a tweet about Williams that stated: “You can put makeup on a pig all u want. At the end of the day. Still a pig.”
Williams said: “Yes, Ozzie said things and his son said things toward the end and sometimes people get caught up in the aftermath of things.
“But we have a choice to be bitter and angry or to push things off to the side. I choose to focus on the positive.”
Sneedless to say, it’s pretty evident Williams deserves a trunk of Honus Wagner baseball cards for managing the volatile Guillen.
Bravo, Ken. You epitomize the beauty of baseball: Win or lose, there is always another game.
The Bieber beat . . .
The loss of Oprah Winfrey’s frequent presence in Chicago has resulted in a dearth of celebs hitting her favorite eatery, the posh RL.
◆ The upshot: Thus, it was Oprah’s idea to interview singer Justin Bieber, who dazzled 100 kids with an impromptu serenade on RL’s patio Wednesday afternoon, in an intimate setting by the eatery’s fireplace — set to run at Thanksgiving time.
◆ The backshot: “The restaurant’s been planning this for weeks and shut down the place for the interview,” a source said. “It was like old times. So many of the people Oprah interviewed subsequently came to the restaurant, where she was a frequent occupant of booth No. 1.”
This & that . . .
◆ $$$$: Former President Bill Clinton, looking “beat up, worn out and thin,” according to a Dem fund-raiser at the event, headlined a $10,000-a-ticket Obama fund-raiser that took in $500,000 at Gibsons on Tuesday afternoon.
◆ Hoop scoop: Jeffrey Jordan, Magic Michael’s eldest son, has graduated from college and is hanging out in Chicago — mom Juanita’s stomping ground — until he decides what to do.
Hey, knuckleheads . . .
Question: Didn’t basketball star Charles Barkley once say Miami Heat star LeBron James is almost as good as Michael Jordan?
◆ Apparently not: At an ESPN luncheon Monday at Morton’s the Steakhouse in Northbrook, Barkley stated: “No I didn’t say he was almost as good as Michael. What I said was this guy’s impressive. As great as Kobe Bryant is, I was like Michael still is better than him. Michael Jordan to me had a perfect body . . . LeBron’s like 40 pounds heavier and 3 inches taller.” OK, OK, OK, Sir Charles, the “Round Mound of Rebound”. . .
Sneedlings. . .
Yum Tum Tum! Roosevelt University graduate student and singer Reuben Lillie, who will perform Monday at Orchestra Hall, is being inducted into a special Hall of Fame based on his love for the legendary White Castle hamburger “sliders.” He will be one of 80 people inducted into the White Castle Cravers Hall of Fame in Columbus, Ohio, for eating sliders at his bachelor party, anniversary and other key points of his life . . . Thursday’s birthdays: Katy Perry, 28; Helen Reddy, 71, and Bobby Knight, 72.
Pigskin patter . . .
As former football star Deion “Primetime” Sanders works through his divorce with his wife, Pilar, court records show he ran his marriage like a football team.
◆ Translation: Sanders paid his wife a $100,000 signing bonus for signing their prenup, according to ESPN.