And he's impressing his opponents like this: Beginning a three-game series with the Yankees on Aug. 12, Guillen made a spectacular diving stop in the hole on a Don Baylor grounder and while rising threw him out. The next night Guillen went from first to third on a single to left because he knew the wet grass would slow down the ball, and that outfielder Billy Sample has a weak arm. In the series finale he hit his first major league homer, added two singles, then faked a bunt and slapped a go-ahead base hit to left. "People kept asking me about the homer, but the last hit was more important," says Guillen.
Last Wednesday night Guillen made great stops in the hole and behind second in a 2-1 loss to Kansas City. "He's got all the tools and the kind of Mark Belanger body [5'11", 150] that doesn't put on weight," said K.C. second baseman Frank White. "I'd like to say there's something he can't do, but I haven't seen it," added manager Dick Howser. "The thing I like best is that he doesn't pout."
On the contrary. Guillen dons his uniform, complete with old-fashioned low-stirrup socks, modern wristbands and personalized miniature knee pads, and begins to banter. He sees a writer and sticks his head into the notebook. "Who you going to do today?" he wants to know. He's as positive as Pete and as frolicsome as Fernando.
After drawing a walk in a recent game, Guillen tried to flip his bat away, but his hand caught on the pine tar. The bat went straight up in the air and almost conked him on the head. When he reached first base, coach Joe Nossek laughed and told him, "We better practice that, Ozzie, so you don't hurt yourself. Be out here early tomorrow."
"What time?" said Guillen.