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Michael Jordan was on top of the basketball world when he left the NBA to try baseball, but members of the Chicago White Sox, including Ozzie Guillen, didn’t step in to give him preferential treatment.
Guillen was already a three-time All-Star when he joined the Jordan organization’s Double-A Birmingham minor league team in 1994. On Sunday, the current White Sox analyst told a story on NBC Sports Chicago that made Jordan buy him a beer.
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Guillen recalled a moment during spring training when the team bus ran out of beer. He told the bus driver to stop at a gas station and told newcomers Mike Cameron, Ray Durham and Jordan to get a beer. Jordan obliges.
“Michael Jordan walked up with the beer, put the beer down and threw it in my lap and said, ‘Here’s your beer!'” Guillen said.
The former player said Jordan should be treated like anyone else. He didn’t want to be treated like a superstar NBA player at the time.
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Gillen also had some advice for viewers.
“If Michael Jordan asks you to play pool, say no,” Gillen said. “He hit my dad, he took him to the school play pool.”
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Jordan played 127 games for the Birmingham Barons. He hit .202 with a .556 OPS. He had three home runs for the Southern League team but returned to basketball after he did it in the minors.