Let me first say that I am a huge Ozzie Guillen fan. As a player, he didn't have much talent to work with but the intensity he played with and his love for the game had him carve out a nice 16 year playing career.
Ozzie is in his 7th year as a manager, and his intensity and love for the game is still there. He managed a World Series winner in 2005 (the 1st White Sox manager to do so in 99 years) and owns a career .530 winning percentage.
Guillen's antics however are what set him apart from most. He's one of the characters of the game. The guy will say anything. Ozzie is the type of guy who says what we all think, but wouldn't dare say. He comes off as having the innocence of Yogi Berra, but he's much more. He's a Latin Casey Stengel!
Here's just a few of my favorites....
- On football - "I'm not in a pennant race, but at least I have some pride and at least I have something to fight for and at least I have something to show up to this ballpark and play [for]. And when you go out there and you turn your TV on and watch stupid [bleep] football, when those [bleeping] football players don't give a [bleep] about you, that's embarrassing."
- On his resolve - "I'm not a quitter. When I want to quit, I'll do a lot of stupid things and make sure they fire me and get paid."
- On Dustin Pedroia - "That kid should be in the circus and I have to walk him to face someone else. He should be riding some horses and I have to walk that kid. It's very weird when you walk a guy who is 4-foot-11."
- On Cubs fans - "Because our fans are not stupid like Cubs fans. They know we're [bleep]."
- On Wrigley Field - "But one thing about Wrigley Field, I puke every time I go there. That's just to be honest. And if Cub fans don't like the way I talk about Wrigley Field, it's just Wrigley Field. I don't say anything about the fans or anything now."
- More on Wrigley Field - "You are going to take batting practice and the rats look bigger than a pig out there. You want to take a look? I think the rats out there are lifting weights."
- On Buck Showalter - "Showalter never even smelled a jock in the big leagues. Mr. Baseball never even got a hit in Triple-A. I was a better player than him, I have more money than him, and I'm better looking than him."
- On mortality - "I hope I die on the field. I hope when I walk to change the pitcher, I drop dead and that's it. I know my family would be so happy that it happened on the field. They wouldn't feel bad because that's what I've always wanted to do."
There are times when Ozzie says stuff with the intention of getting a reaction. He knows we are going to write about it, he wants us to. But then there are those times when Ozzie truly speaks out of his ass with nothing to base his comments on.
Sunday's rant wasn't much different than any other, except this time he just made himself sound silly.
Guillen said the following about Latin players on the White Sox.
"....... are lucky we speak Spanish, but some people don't have that privilege to come here and (have that). That's why I always criticize why Japanese players have interpreters and Latinos don't have one. Very bad.
"Don't take this wrong, but they take advantage of us. We bring a Japanese player and they are very good and they bring all these privileges to them. We bring a Dominican kid (and say), ‘(Blank) you, you go to the minor leagues, good luck. And it's always going to be like that. It's never going to change. But that's the way it is."
Memo to Ozzie - If US teams started signing Japanese amateurs like they do Latin-Americans, there would not be an interpreter for each player.
Memo to White Sox GM Kenny Williams - You might want to get Ozzie an interpreter so he himself could understand the way things work.
Ozzie, you're still one of my favorites, but you're going to need to go back to the drawing board on this one. Maybe next Sunday you'll have something better for us. - Mike Cardano
Mike is the founder of Around the Horn Baseball and Xtra Point Football.
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