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Jose Guillen Was the Mariners’ Glue

With the Mariners in town to visit the Royals for a weekend series, it gave the Seattle writers a chance to catch up with former Mariner Jose Guillen. And believe me when I say this, I was absolutely floored to read the comments not only Guillen made about the state of the Mariners, but also what fired GM Bill Bavasi had said about him, and what the writer himself felt:

With [Guillen] went the one Mariner who held his teammates to a higher standard. If he needed to get in someone’s face to see the game played right, he’d do it.

This year’s team is missing that.

As Guillen said, “they are a bunch of good guys.” There is no one in the Mariners clubhouse with an edge. Bill Bavasi said as much on June 16, the day he was fired as general manager, saying not having Guillen around hurt the team.

Let’s see, Guillen got in the face of his KC teammates in late May and they’re still 10 games below .500. He left the Angels after 2004 and they did even better the following year. Man, the very idea that Jose Guillen is the missing link to the Mariners this year makes me chuckle. Please.

Aha! Jose Guillen Was Roid-Raging!

As long time readers of the site well know, Jose Guillen is only second to Barry Bonds when it comes to baseball players I dislike. Matter of fact, I’m not even sure that he is second, and if so, he’s not far behind. Especially given light of this news from Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams of the San Francisco Chronicle. The Game of Shadows authors are saying that Angel a-hole Jose Guillen, former Giant Matt Williams, and former Dodger stiff, Ismael Valdez, all bought steroids and/or HGH from a Florida anti-aging clinic. Check out what kind of slime balls we’re dealing with:

In February, [Jose Guillen] was quoted by ESPN The Magazine as saying he had been approached about using steroids earlier in his career but had declined.

“That is something I never considered in my life,” Guillen is quoted as saying. “You’re ruining your whole career. You’re ruining your reputation. This really is hurting baseball right now, the image of the game.”

Well, dick weed, you made your own bed, so now sleep in it. As for Matt Williams, here’s why I always warn people to get wary of anyone defending Barry Bonds:

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Screw That A$$ Hole Jose Guillen

ARGGG, I cannot stand Jose Guillen. I think he comes as close as it gets to a player I might hate in baseball. No, I’m not saying that I hate him, but he’s as close as it gets. Look, the guy’s talented. But he has some serious screws loose. How else can you explain his nomadic career? Nine teams in eleven years says a lot about what kind of player you are — err, are not.

Let’s recap, down the stretch of the ’04 season which the Angels wound up as AL West winners by a thin margin (a game to be exact), Jose Guillen pouted after being lifted for a pinch runner in an Angels 5-3 win over the A’s. Scioscia and the Angels made the decision to suspend Guillen for the rest of the season and post-season, as the Angels went 6-2 without Guillen, before getting run by the eventual World Champion Red Sox in the first round of the playoffs. It wasn’t the first time Guillen had been a problem in the clubhouse, and the Angels wanted to prove that no player was bigger than the entire team — a sentiment with which I agree.

Obviously Jose Guillen was not happy about what happened to him — who would be. Fast-forward to June, 2005. Now playing with the Washington Nationals, Jose Guillen apparently tips manager Frank Robinson to check former teammate, Brendan Donnelly’s glove considering Donnelly puts pine tar in it, which is a banned foreign substance. The glove is checked, Donnelly was ejected, a big fight between Scioscia and Robinson ensued, and the Angels lost their concentration and 3-1 lead, and wound up losing 6-3, with Guillen belting a key home run. Scioscia and Robinson were suspended a game apiece, while Donnelly got suspended 10 games — a costly blow to the Angels.

Look, any Angel fan protects Scioscia and Donnelly over Guillen. Scioscia’s the skipper and World Series manager, and Donnelly’s our boy — awesome in the bullpen for years, and a key piece to the 2002 World Series winner. And Jose Guillen fucked with both of them. Not only that, but earlier this season, with Guillen on the Mariners, and Donnelly on the Red Sox, the two faced each other. Donnelly struck his ass out, and then the two got in a mini-brawl.

So now finally, tonight in Anaheim, as a member of the Seattle Mariners, that jerkoff Jose Guillen returns to face the Angels. And let me tell you, that ass clown still holds a grudge against Scioscia:

“That’s something I’ll never forget,” Guillen said Thursday, sitting at his Safeco Field locker. “And I’ll never forgive him, either. I don’t care if he tries to approach me 100 times. He doesn’t have any spot in my heart.”

Well, Jose Guillen, you have not spot in my heart either. You don’t fuck with my Angels. I hope you get swept and you go ofer in the series. Best of luck, jackass.

Sources:
Forget the Playoffs: Guillen Banned Without Pay [ESPN]
Angels 2004 Game-by-Game Schedule & Results [Baseball-Reference.com]
Nationals Stick it to Angels [MLB.com]
Scioscia, Robinson Suspended One Game Each [ESPN]
Jose Guillen Wants a Piece of Brendan Donnelly [MLB FanHouse]
Guillen Devilish About his Date with Angels [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]