Omar Vizquel signed that one-year, $1.375 million deal with the Chicago White Sox we mentioned last week, and he may owe a piece of it to Ken Griffey Jr.
Last September in a Mariners-Rangers series, Junior wound up at second base when Omar was playing second, and the two chatted during a pitching change.
"I told him I was thinking about retiring," Vizquel said. "Kenny said that word wasn't in his vocabulary. He said he wanted to play as long as he was having fun and someone wanted him.
"It got me thinking."
Vizquel, 42, will be the backup middle infielder in Chicago and can play third, too. Manager Ozzie Guillen discussed how he'll be used, and how he feels about having him on the team.
Omar played the same role for the Texas Rangers last year, and losing him won't cripple their offense, but it will impact their clubhouse and perhaps their infield. Vizquel was like an extra coach in Texas, selfless in his advice.
It's good to see him back. And this means I'll be taking him out for salsa music and hot food in the windy city.