Bobby Jenks regrets how he and White Sox parted
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org May 31, 2011 11:40PM
Bobby Jenks, who pitched a scoreless eighth, regrets what he said after leaving the White Sox. | Leon Halip~Getty Images
Updated: July 8, 2011 1:59PM
BOSTON — Bobby Jenks expressed some remorse about the way he and the White Sox parted ways. Too many good years, too many good teammates and one World Series championship overshadow anything said in the heat of feeling unwanted.
“Yeah, it’s water under the bridge for me,’’ Jenks said before the Sox played the Red Sox on Tuesday. “I’m here with the Red Sox now, and as much as I enjoyed the time over there in Chicago, my focus is on this organization and this team now.’’
After Jenks signed with the Red Sox during the offseason, he popped off that manager Ozzie Guillen didn’t know how to handle a bullpen. Guillen’s son Oney then aired some dirty laundry on Jenks on his Twitter account. It was an unpleasant exchange that made Jenks and the Guillens look bad.
“Sure, I regret it,’’ Jenks said. “I spent a lot of time there, and it was a lot of good years.’’
Jenks, who hadn’t pitched since May 1 because of a right biceps strain, returned from the disabled list Tuesday. He threw a scoreless eighth inning, allowing singles to Alexei Ramirez and Brent Lillibridge before getting out of the jam when he doubled Lillibridge off first on Paul Konerko’s soft liner back to the mound.
“If he wants to come to say hi, I’ll open my arms for him because this kid had a big part to make me who I am,’’ Guillen said. “I don’t have anything against him at all. What he said, he might be right. Why not? I never said I was a great manager. I never said I handled my bullpen the best I could. But one thing, I gave him the best shot ever to make money and play in the big leagues. I was the one who gave it to him. And when I gave it to him, he grabbed it and did a tremendous job for us.’’
Guillen said he ‘‘loves” Jenks and understands how it felt to part ways with the Sox. Jenks downplayed the potential matchup against his old team.
“If it was any team right now, I would have the same motivation because I’m coming off the DL, and I want to get back to work,’’ he said.
“I am not going against Ozzie; I’m going against the White Sox.
“It’s going to be weird, but once the game starts and once my inning is there and ready to go, it’s down to business.’’