Reliever Jesse Crain says White Sox have been quieter than he expected
By DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN email@example.com July 24, 2011 8:14PM
Updated: July 26, 2011 12:41AM
CLEVELAND — Playing for the White Sox in the never-a-dull-moment world of manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Ken Williams hasn’t been what it was cracked up to be for Jesse Crain.
The right-handed reliever, who spent the first part of his career with the Minnesota Twins, signed with the Sox last offseason expecting more noise and distractions.
‘‘It’s a little quieter than I expected,’’ Crain said. ‘‘I only knew what I had seen on TV and through the media. Jim Thome told me a little bit about how it is over here. So far, it’s been quiet.’’
Thome told Crain that Guillen ‘‘gets p---ed, but he never takes it out on the players,’’ Crain said.
Not that Guillen isn’t being heard.
‘‘He might say stuff in the media, but he kind of leaves us alone because he knows how it is to be a player,’’ Crain said.
Guillen and Williams have been publicly respectful of each other this season while coexisting in relative peace. Aside from Guillen’s middle son, Oney, squawking about Guillen’s youngest son, Ozney, being passed up in the draft by the Sox, Guillen’s family hasn’t caused any distractions.
‘‘It’s been nice to not worry about having to answer questions about off-the-field stuff,’’ reliever Matt Thornton said. “When you have grown men around each other all year long, something is going to pop up. This year has been great. We’ve been focusing on one thing, and that’s winning ballgames and what it’s going to take to get on a streak. It’s good that we’re worrying about the right things.’’
Crain is finding the clubhouse atmosphere to his liking.
‘‘I think it’s great,’’ he said. ‘‘Coming from the Twins, it’s opposite. They get guys from the draft and bring them all the way up, so it’s a system, with younger guys and a couple of veterans like [Justin] Morneau and [Joe] Mauer. But it’s not the same as here, where there’s a group of guys who have played for a long time, and they kind of run what goes on.’’