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Buehrle: Ozzie not a distraction

8/31/2011

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Mark Buehrle says he loves drama, and Ozzie Guillen has delivered plenty of it during the pitcher's eight-year run with the Chicago White Sox manager.

A day after Guillen said he is prepared to leave the White Sox without a contract extension beyond the 2012 season, Buehrle said he continues to do what he has always done with his manager: block out the controversy and enjoy the entertainment of it all.

"Look what he has done here. He's won a World Series here with them, he's made the playoffs a few times with them," Buehrle said Wednesday on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN 1000. "I think a lot of stuff I keep on hearing and people are talking about is just his act. Some of the stuff he says and does, is it kind of getting old? From Day 1, I know myself, I can't speak for anybody else, I think it's entertaining. I love listening to stuff. I love when drama happens. I love seeing how it's going to play out.

"A lot of stuff, I don't pay attention. It just sort of goes in one ear and out the other. I don't make a big deal of it, I don't look too deep into it. I just kind of enjoy seeing how it plays out and go from there."

Buehrle, who won his 11th game of the season on Monday against the Twins, said Guillen's public comments about his contract aren't a distraction for the White Sox, who have won five straight and are five games behind the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central.

"I don't think anything can be surprising with Ozzie," Buehrle said. "Is it going to be a distraction for myself? No, I go out there and don't care what's said or what he does ... I think a lot of these guys in the clubhouse we go out and try to win the game no matter what's being said, no matter if Ozzie and [general manager] Kenny [Williams] are fighting, if [owner] Jerry [Reinsdorf] is in the middle of something. I know I don't pay attention to all that. I hear about it but it's not going to affect the way you go out and perform on the field."

White Sox pitcher Mark Buehrle joined "Waddle & Silvy" to discuss Ozzie Guillen's desire for a contract extension.

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