Ozzie Guillen Is Trying Really Hard to Memorialize Kevin Hickey in English

Kevin Hickey, a former pitcher and assistant with the Chicago White Sox, died earlier today at the age of 56. The Chicago Tribune has a short story about Hickey, whom White Sox GM Roland Hemond called "a South Side kid made good."

Hickey, after playing softball and semipro baseball, was discovered at an open tryout in 1978 and pitched for six seasons (1981-83 with the Sox and 1989-91 with the Baltimore Orioles). He was discovered in a coma before the Sox season opener last month.

Ozzie Guillen, the Miami Marlins manager and a part-time speaker of English, worked with Hickey from 2004 through 2011, when Guillen was manager of the White Sox and Hickey was their batting practice pitcher. When the news of Hickey's death came out, Guillen took to Twitter to put together a beautiful, half-intelligible tribute to his friend:

It doesn't make too much sense, but the sentiment's there. Services for Hickey haven't been announced, so it's not clear whether they'll conflict with the Marlins schedule.

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Rich Abdill