Adios Ozzie: Top 5 Memorable Rants from Chicago White Sox Manager Ozzie Guillen
Guillen's rants have really become a staple of what to expect in a Major League Baseball season.
Now that one of baseball's most colorful managers has been fired from his job in Chicago, it is suspect if he will take his rants and comments to a new team in the managerial role or if he will start fresh and become a new Ozzie.
Ozzie being Ozzie, I doubt he will change anytime soon but even if he does we will always have his memorable rants to look back on.
No. 5: Guillen Calls out Umpire Joe West
It happened in a game in 2010 when Guillen was ejected for one of the many times of his career. Most managers let the umps hear it when they are ejected but in typical Ozzie style he not only let Joe West hear his complaints but he also called him out for essentially doing his job.
Guillen, in this particular rant, went on to call West out and claim that "sometimes he thinks f---ing people pay to watch him f---ing umpire."
Cursing in a rant is certainly not unusual for Guillen but in this rant he actually managed to compliment West while also insulting him in such a way that only Guillen could accomplish.
Although Ozzie says that West has no right to tell him to get off of the field he does say that he believed West was one of the best umps in the business.
That being said it wouldn't be a Guillen rant without a closing dig toward one of the teams in the MLB or the MLB itself.
"No matter what you say, what you do, how long you talk here, Major League Baseball doesn't do s--- for anything. I'll be waiting for my fine, get 'em the next day."
No. 4: Guillen Explains How He Would Quit Managing and Still Get Paid
For a guy that claims to be so passionate about the game of baseball, Guillen made it clear in one May rant that he could easily walk away from the game if he wanted.
The White Sox were struggling and the media was of course pressing Guillen about his job security.
Normally not one to shy away from the media, he told it like it was. "'I'm not going to quit. 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."
Not a bad philosophy for a guy who just got fired.
No. 3: Ozzie Expresses His Dislike of Football and Embarrassment in His Players
Most teams shut it down when they are out of a pennant race but not Guillen. Despite a losing record almost all season long in 2009, he took pride in playing out each game and treated them like they mattered.
He didn't mind losing as much as he minded his players not caring when they lost and then going off and watching football as if nothing mattered.
"Do they think the season's over for them? Yes. If they think the season's over for me, no. And I'm going to make it clear. It's a bunch of [bleeps] out there watching football games like a piece of [bleep] with no pride the way they [bleep] play, and that's embarrassing..."
It is certainly nothing new for Guillen to call his players an embarrassment. In fact it would be weird if he didn't. But to call out football, now that isn't right.
No. 2: Guillen Explains Why White Sox Fans Don't Go to Games
It was a simple question to which Guillen gave a simple answer.
He was asked why White Sox fans only go to games against the Cubs and Ozzie answered, "because our fans are not stupid like Cubs fans. They know we're [bleep]...Wrigley Field is just a bar."
It wasn't his most creative way of insulting his team but it worked. At the same time he managed to save face with the fans which was surprising to say the least. So in a way only Guillen could, he managed to insult and praise at the same time.
Even if that praise was only to say that White Sox fans weren't dumb enough to go see the White Sox lose. Saying that Wrigley Field was basically only attended because people went to hang out and drink was also a nice dig by Guillen who was never fond of the cross town Cubs.
No. 1: Ozzie Tells the Media That Little Leaguers Are Better Than His Team
Saying that the White Sox played like crap is something that Guillen has said on so many occasions that I wouldn't be surprised if it was branded into his mind.
It wasn't as if the White Sox were ever really that bad but Guillen seemed to magnify any loss. This was no different than in a 2009 loss against the Yankees.
"When you have more errors than hits, you better look yourself in the mirror and second-guess yourself. I'm second-guessing myself right now, making the wrong lineup every day. I watched Little League this morning...they were playing better than we did. At least it was more fun. This is not Major League Baseball, sorry."
Comparing his team to a bunch of little leaguers wasn't exactly a compliment. In fact not only did he point out how badly the White Sox were playing but he also used his favorite term to describe the team: embarrassment.
In calling them an embarrassment Guillen also made sure to point out that if the team didn't feel embarrassed, then they were stealing money from baseball. Which meant he was stealing money from the White Sox because of how they played.
Good move. Classic Ozzie.