Ozzie Guillen: 10 Most Outrageous Moments of Guillen's White Sox Tenure
The news comes straight from Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, who claims that the White Sox and the Florida Marlins are in the midst of a deal that would send Ozzie (and his talents) to South Beach. It is expected to be completed by the time the White Sox finish up against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Well, all you can do is admit that it was fun while it lasted. The White Sox enjoyed their share of lows under Ozzie's watch, but they enjoyed some highs too, most notably the organization's first World Series victory in nearly 90 years back in 2005.
Ozzie himself made sure there was never a dull moment. Whenever his career ends, he will go down as one of the most colorful managers in the history of baseball. He never shied away from telling it like it is, and he usually made sure to mix in a few F bombs when he did.
For the sake of paying tribute to Ozzie's personality, why don't we go ahead and take a look back at 10 of his most outrageous moments?
10. Ozzie Kicks Geovany Soto's Mask
Given the nature of Ozzie's personality, you'd think he would be the subject of more memorable ejections. But truth be told, he's got nothing on Earl Weaver.
Ozzie did have a good one earlier this year, though. During a game against the crosstown Chicago Cubs, Ozzie came out to argue a call that went against shortstop Alexei Ramirez. He was quickly tossed.
Before Ozzie left, he gave Geovany Soto's mask a good kick. You might say he did it just for kicks, and Soto himself clearly got a kick out of it.
I think we all did.
9. Ozzie Rips Buck Showalter
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I want to call Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter a polarizing figure, but I'm not sure anybody actually likes him at this point.
One thing we know for sure is that Ozzie is not a fan. Back in 2004, he openly opined that he's better than Showalter on just about all accounts.
Here's the quote, as plucked from ESPN:
[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.
If those are Ozzie's standards, I would say he's a better person than about 99.9 percent of the world's population.
8. Ozzie Tweets Away His Frustration
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While Ozzie's tenure with the White Sox may be relatively lacking in great ejection moments, he is the keeper of the most controversial post-ejection tweet of all time.
This one going to cost me a lot money this is patetic
Today a tough guy show up a yankee stadium
Ozzie would end up being right about the first part, as Major League Baseball hit him with a $20,000 fine.
Ozzie's Twitter account, however, remained active. It still is, and it is oftentimes quite hilarious.
7. Ozzie Guillen vs. Sean Penn
There are a lot of people who think Sean Penn is not just a great actor, but a great man and a true humanitarian.
But what does Ozzie think of Penn?
"He's a loser."
I'm still a little fuzzy about what exactly Penn said about Ozzie's native Venezuela that pissed him off, but I for one thought it was pretty easy to take Ozzie's side. He knows more about Venezuela than Penn does, and he clearly didn't mind making that known.
You tell him, Ozzie.
6. Ozzie Guillen vs. Joe West
As I understand things, veteran umpire Joe West is pretty well respected in baseball circles. He rarely makes mistakes.
This may be true, but West made a big mistake when he decided to eject Ozzie from a game in late May of 2010. At least, that's what Ozzie seemed to want everyone to believe.
Per the Chicago Sun-Times, Ozzie called West a "f---ing a--hole," and he made it clear that he felt disrespected by West:
I deserve respect and the players here deserve respect here, too. When you tell the manager to get the ---- off the field, I don't think that's a good way to handle situations. No matter what you say, what you do, how long you talk here, Major League Baseball doesn't do ---- for anything. I'll be waiting for my fine, get 'em the next day.
But wait, there was more:
He thinks he's the ---- in the field. People pay to watch ----ing players play, not to see umpires and managers. I don't see any people say, 'I'm going to see Ozzie Guillen manage or Joe West ----ing umpire.'
Personally, I guess I'd rather pay to see Ozzie. Even if West was promising to perform some of his country songs.
5. Ozzie Doesn't Want His Players Watching Football
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In late September of 2009, the White Sox were already well out of the race. As such, there was really no harm in them blowing a five-run lead and losing to the Detroit Tigers 12-5.
But Ozzie didn't like it. Not one bit. Especially not after he saw his players relaxing and watching a college football game moments after they lost to the Tigers.
Per ESPN, here's what Ozzie thought of the whole scene:
If they think the season's over for them, yes. If they think it's over for me, no. I want to make it clear: There's a bunch of [expletives] out there watching football games like a piece of [expletive] with no pride. By the way they [expletive] play, that's embarrassing. If you don't have pride about the way you play, get another job.
I'm not in a pennant race, but at least I have some pride. When you get [to the clubhouse] and turn on a stupid-ass football game when those [expletive] football players don't give a [expletive] about you, that's embarrassing. We've got seven games [left]. They are going to pull their [expletive] together, period. I don't mind losing a game, but when you lose a game and you don't care about it, we are going to have a problem. To get your asses kicked like that and all of a sudden, you're watching football games? That's a bunch of [expletive].
The White Sox would go on to win five of their final seven games. Clearly, Ozzie's 'stop watching football' rant worked.
4. Ozzie Doesn't Want to Fight His Bullpen's Battles
As you may or may not recall, the White Sox had some issues with their bullpen earlier this year. The guys in the pen simply couldn't protect a lead, and they cost the White Sox a few wins in the early goings.
After the bullpen blew a game in mid-April against the Oakland A's, Ozzie went to the podium and proceeded to complain about, well, being at the podium.
"When we play good, they send those guys to this f---ing table, and you talk to them like a hero. When we f--- up, I'm the one who has to f---ing sit in here and talk to you guys."
Then he left. Like a boss.
Hey, if you ask me, he made a good point.
3. Ozzie Guillen vs. Jay Mariotti
Once upon a time, Jay Mariotti was a semi-respected columnist and an annoying stooge who used to frequent ESPN's "Around the Horn."
It was back in those days that he really pissed Ozzie off.
The year was 2006, and it was revealed that Ozzie had used a gay slur (you know the one) against Mariotti. The media caught wind of it and the situation blew up, prompting an apology from Ozzie.
After apologizing, Ozzie got right back on Mariotti's case. This time, he simply referred to Mariotti as a "piece of s---."
I don't recall many people disagreeing with him.
2. Ozzie Hates Wrigley Field and Cubs Fans
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I've never been to Wrigley Field, but I hope to go there some day. I've heard good things about it.
For the record, none of those good things have come from Ozzie's mouth. On the contrary, he said back in 2009 that he rather hates Wrigley Field.
Per the Chicago Tribune:
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. But Wrigley Field, they got to respect my opinion. That’s the way I feel.
Of course, Ozzie didn't mind hiding the fact that he's not crazy about Cubs fans either. He said (via NBC Chicago) that Cubs fans are "stupid" and that they go to Wrigley Field just because it's a place to watch a ballgame.
"Wrigley Field is just a bar," he said.
Now I want to go there even more.
1. Ozzie Gets Miffed at Chicago Fans... and Everyone Else Too
When a baseball team goes on a losing streak, the fans and the media tend to overreact. That's just how it is.
But Ozzie didn't want to hear about it when the White Sox were mired in a losing streak back in 2008. He went after Chicago fans and Chicago media, accusing them of being quick to forget that the White Sox were "the s---" before they became just plain "s---."
Ozzie went on to swear a few more times in the rant, but the part that gets me every time is the part where he pauses and just says, "F--- everybody."
I don't know about you, but I think those two words pretty much sum up Ozzie's tenure with the White Sox to a T.
And now he's going to the Marlins. I urge the people of South Beach to buy earmuffs for their kids. They're going to need them.