Barack Obama earned the backing of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen Friday.
"He has to be our president," Guillen told the Chicago Tribune's Sox beat writer Mark Gonzales. But the outspoken skipper, who became a U.S. citizen in January 2006, would not say for sure whether he will cast his first presidential ballot for the country's most prominent Sox fan:
I don't know right now who I'm going to vote for. [...] I've never had an opportunity to vote in the United States, but I appreciate that opinion, and that man's a true Sox fan. I have to tell people in Chicago, don't misunderstand what he wants to say. A lot of people will say if you vote for him, all of a sudden you're a White Sox fan.
Some people out there are ignorant and say, 'We're not going to vote for him because he's a White Sox fan.' That will happen. I don't think he needs the White Sox fans' vote. He just told the truth. He likes the White Sox, he always has been a South Sider and I guarantee you a few people here like him, too, like myself.