Earlier in the day, his middle son, Oney, resigned from the organization. Oney had worked in the White Sox Minor League department, and his resignation was believed to have been related to a difference of opinion regarding the use of Twitter to post remarks about the club.
Oney said his Twitter account was being watched by the organization, which is standard operating procedure for sports teams in this day and age. The ballclub had asked him to be aware that media members were following his comments. After his resignation, Oney posted several more tweets with critical messages aimed at the White Sox organization.
GM Kenny Williams declined to comment on Oney's resignation when asked via e-mail earlier in the day, saying it was best for Ozzie and Oney to weigh in on the situation first, and then he would speak up if he felt the need. When Ozzie left without talking to the media, Williams -- who had a five-minute postgame discussion with Ibis Guillen, Ozzie's wife and Oney's mother, just outside the White Sox complex -- said there was "no need for comment."
Ozzie later asked for understanding from the Chicago media via a tweet of his own: "I extremely apologize to the Chicago media from the bottom of my heart, but it wasn't the right time for me to talk and hope this doesn't ... tomorrow is another day. Hope this doesn't affect our relationship."
He also tweeted support for Oney, saying: "Hey kid we are behind you. No matter what."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less