Guys and dolls no hit in Chicago

Times Staff Writer

Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen’s obscenity-laced blowup Sunday was nothing compared with the blowup some of his team members performed that day.

The Chicago Sun Times reported that Major League Baseball is investigating the appropriateness of a locker room stunt in which White Sox players placed unclothed inflatable female dolls on couches and surrounded them with “strategically placed” bats in an effort to break a slump that has the team batting a major league-worst .229.

Guillen said Monday he had no problem with what the players did but said he did have a problem with the dolls.


“Those dolls don’t work,” he said. “Hopefully we come up with something better. We don’t need dolls, we need hits.”

Trivia time

Angels pitchers Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders are the first pair of teammates to start 6-0 since a pair of Red Sox did so in 2002. Pedro Martinez was one, who was the other?

Intentional pass?

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez rushed to Miami for the birth of his second daughter April 21 but arrived about 10 minutes after doctors delivered Ella Alexander.

Turns out the timing might have been on purpose.

Rodriguez’s wife, Cynthia, said in a YES Network interview that A-Rod passed out during the birth of their first daughter in 2004.

“The one nurse had a cold cloth on his head. The other nurse had the blood pressure on his arm . . . and I am there, in the middle of labor,” Cynthia Rodriguez said.

“As tough and big as he seems, he is real wimpy around doctors or any type of medical situation.”

Or fastballs in October.

Shirt off his back

Now that Brett Favre is retired, so is his jersey.

The one that 12-year-old David Witthoft had worn every day for more than four years, that is.

Witthoft, of Ridgefield, Conn., had worn the jersey for 1,581 consecutive days since receiving it as a Christmas gift in 2003 but gave it up on April 23 -- his 12th birthday.

“It was tough for him for a while, but now that he’s 12, he is a little more concerned about his appearance,” said Witthoft’s father, Chuck. “And the jersey barely came down to his belt line.”

Golden girls

American sprinters Allyson Felix and Sanya Richards will be running for gold medals at the Olympics, then they will be running for gold in a Swiss track meet.

Felix, a two-time 200 meter world champion, and Richards, the U.S. record-holder in the 400, will compete in both events at the Weltklasse track and field meet Aug. 29. If either wins both races, they will be rewarded with a bonus of a pound of gold.

“The schedule in the Olympics means they can’t run the two races together, and here they asked if they could,” Weltklasse spokeswoman Janine Geigele said. “We thought that was something special, so we have to give something special.”

Jonesing for trouble

Emmitt Smith visited Dallas Cowboys minicamp over the weekend and says he is just fine with the Cowboys trading for troubled defensive back Adam “Pacman” Jones, so long as Jones stays out of trouble.

“As long as you’re not killing anybody, getting anybody shot at and going to jail, then I don’t have any issues,” Smith said.

Apparently Smith hasn’t been reading Pacman’s rap sheet, which includes six arrests.

Trivia answer

John Burkett.

And finally

Jack Nicklaus doesn’t play much golf these days, and he acknowledged as much while conducting a youth clinic in Arkansas.

“What I’ll do today is sort of tell you how I think I used to play,” Nicklaus told the crowd.