There was a time and day when I couldn’t stand Ozzie. He was loud, crude, and obnoxious. He was out in front of the team, the center of attention on a World Series champ where I felt the players deserved the attention. I despised that. But now that time has gone on, I’ve grown to love Ozzie. I’ve realized how genuine, amazing, and special he truly is. Not many people say what they think and not many people can do what Ozzie does. And man, god bless Kenny Williams for keeping Ozzie employed. I don’t know what baseball will do without him. Anyways, Ozzie got off one tremendous rant on Chicago bleeping fans Sunday morning and it was priceless. Read it after the jump, because it is LONG.
That was just the sort of embarrassing loss that could put people over the edge. After all, how often is it that your team gives up a 20 spot — in baseball no less. And how often is it that your team scores 14 runs, yes 14, only to lose? Not often is my guess. That’s why it was truly a crappy day for the White Sox. But here’s something I’m going to need some help with. How do you leave a pitcher in long enough to give up 12 runs — 11 earned?
I guess all you have to do is look one line further in the boxscore to find out.Â Rather take your chances with Garland than whatever schlub they had in the pen who was about to come in for the long relief and give up an additional six runs in three and a third. Â So for Garland, probably the worst outing of his career — 12 runs, 11 earned over three and a third.Â His ERA jumped from 3.15 to 3.92 in one freaking game.Â That’s really bad.Â Like Ozzie says, if he doesn’t have anyone in his pen who can do the job, to whom does he turn?Â
Another thing to check out.Â Michael Cuddyer.Â How much does it suck when your team bangs out 20 runs, and you go 0-for-6.Â Those are the types of games that pad your stats for the entire week.Â Not Cuddyer.Â Everyone on the team is probably happier than shit, and he’s over in a corner in the dugout watching video wondering how he took an ofer.Â
Which brings me to last but not least, Ozzie Guillen.Â This game was probably a microcosm of the entire White Sox season.Â Â Whatever can go wrong did go wrong.Â Â Your offense finally wakes up, but then it’s your most reliable pitcher who gets blown up.Â As does the bullpen.Â And your fielding?Â Five errors.Â Pfffh.Â I’m sure Ozzie enjoyed that show.Â Anywhoo, I’m usually not one to break down the significance of individual games in a 162-game-season, but if I know anything, I’d guess that this was the final straw for the White Sox.Â This was an embrassing loss.Â I can’t wait for the post-game Guillen fireworks.Â They should be exciting!Â Now, imagine if they lose the second game of the double-header.Â Now THAT would be incredible.
This is just pure Ozzie brilliance. There really is nobody like him. And I can’t help but take enjoyment in the White Sox struggles because I know they will result in better and better press conferences. On the other hand, they can’t lose too much, because I don’t want Ozzie’s job in jeopardy. This is quite the quandary. Amongst the highlights from Tuesday night’s rant following the 7-5 loss to the Marlins: Ozzie’s tired of being a ru-ru guy (his version of ra-ra I guess), Ozzie wants the players to take some blame, every move Ozzie makes is the wrong move, and Ozzie thinks the players should apologize to the fans for sucking. I have transcribed my favorite selections from the post-game press conference.
I’m tired to be positive. I’m tired to be the roo-roo guy, lets go lets go lets go.
They blaming on the coaching staff, they blaming on Ozzie, they blaming on the pitching coach, they blaming on Kenny, they blaming on Jerry, blame it on the players too. They don’t even blame the right people. This is the same ballclub we had in 2005. Blame the players too.
Every move I’ve been making so far is the wrong one. Why? Because they no support me doing the things they’re supposed to do. You thought I was a good manager? Well look at me now. I’m not that good. You as good as your players are.
We have to apologize to the fans that show up and watch this team. Because I’m tired to watch this day-in and day-out.
I swear, the day Ozzie gets the chop is the day I will mourn the loss of a Hall of Famer. Long live Ozzie. Viva El Guillen!
Once again, The Mike North Morning Show on WSCR in Chicago was the center of controversy. Ozzie Guillen called into the show after hearing his catcher AJ Pierzynski complain to North about being left out of the lineup in favor of backup Toby Hall. Guillen absolutely goes off on North and Pierzynski for questioning the manager's decision, either completely ignoring the fact that he's on radio, or completely unaware of it. And man, does it produce some of the greatest audio I've heard! Enjoy