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Sunday, June 13, 2010
Guillen: Sox parade better than Hawks'

By Bruce Levine

White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen was excited about the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup and attending the Cubs-White Sox game at Wrigley Sunday night.

The always quotable Guillen insisted that the Sox’s parade after they won the 2005 World Series eclipsed the Hawks’ celebration.

“Way bigger. Ours was better,” Guillen said. “We had people all the way from the ballpark [U.S. Cellular Field] to downtown. They didn’t have that. Ours was bigger, no doubt.”

But Guillen loved the idea of the Hawks winning, and what it means to Chicago fans.

“Winning is the best thing in the world when it comes to chemistry,” Guillen said. “Everybody loves each other when you win. I got tears in my eyes when I saw the kid [Patrick Kane] score the winning goal. When I saw that, I got a flashback. I know how they feel and how they love each other. How they feel they’re the best. There’s nothing better than winning, especially in Chicago.”

-- Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski will have control over any possible trades that the White Sox want to include him in when his 10-and-5 rights kick in at 11 p.m. CT Sunday.

A number of teams have called the White Sox about Pierzynski’s availability. However, MLB sources say there is nothing that appears imminent at this time.

The Texas Rangers have had the most interest in Pierzynski over the last six weeks. Ten-and-5 rights (10 years in the majors, five with their current team) let Major League players control their destiny, giving them veto powers on any trade scenario.