I liked that even Ozzie was in on the fun, but I like even more that he left because he got scooped:
On Monday, I received an email press release from ESPN, as did thousands of other reporters and editors. It was about Barack Obama's interview for SportsCenter. I don't read every press release I get via email because I would be doing nothing else all day. But I read this one. At the bottom, it detailed a couple of comments Obama made about Cubs fans. Cubs fans? Obama? DNC starting that night? I wrote a story.
And for hours, my story on that was the only one I saw on the Web. And I looked. At least it was the only one on a Chicago Web site. And it began to create a stir.
I don't like getting into the behind-the-scenes stories of what happens at my paper, but I saw Rick Telander's account about it already on The Reader's Web site, and it's true. Jay was going to write for Tuesday a column about the Obama story, but he switched off at the last minute and wrote Bears, hoping to write Obama for Wednesday.
But Wednesday is Telander's day to pick a topic, and Rick wanted Obama. We don't need two columns on Obama's comments so my editor told Jay he couldn't write about it.
From what I understand, Jay wasn't happy and fired off yet another letter of resignation to our editor in chief. This time, it was accepted.
BALTIMORE -- Word of Jay Mariotti's split with the Chicago Sun-Times reached the White Sox' clubhouse minutes after their victory Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles, and the reaction could be heard outside.
Once again, Mariotti should've been there to witness it first-hand.
Ozzie Guillen -- the top target of the venom-spewing columnist who called for the Sox to fire their manager this season despite the team being in first place -- said his e-mail inbox had a record number of new arrivals by Wednesday afternoon.