Monday, August 21, 2006

Ozzie Guillen: Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is a little crazy. We know this. He just reinforced it over the weekend. The highlights of tirade:

"[Henry] made some comment about us cheating? He doesn't even know what a field looks like." --Guillen, on Red Sox owner John Henry's suspicion that the White Sox were stealing signs against the Yankees

"When you play [expletive] [Johan] Santana, [Brad] Radke, [Francisco] Liriano, the guy from Cleveland ... [C.C.] Sabathia, all the other guys ... ah, [expletive]. If we played National League teams, the Central Division, we might win 150 games in that [expletive] league."

"They think I cheat? We faced two [expletive] good pitchers in the National League Central. Our division, they have to face [the Tigers' starting staff], then you go to the White Sox and face all our guys? When you're going to go to another team, you're going to go, 'Whew, where is Randy Johnson?' The American League Central? That's baseball right here. Go hard one after another . . . . Good, I hope [they keep accusing us]. What happened in the playoffs and World Series? We won 1-0, 2-1. We won so many one-run games, more than anyone in baseball last year. You look at our No. 3, 4 and 5 [hitters], they are the best in baseball. If we're cheating, how come we [don't] help Brian Anderson or [Juan] Uribe?"

"We're cheating on the mound? Our pitching staff gets beat up once in awhile. They're mad. They can't admit that a Latino kicked their ass."

"'Oh, no, I don't like you because you kicked my ass?' Please. That's competition."

"That's why I don't get along with too many managers. Because they hate my [expletive] ass, because I don't kiss their ass, and I didn't kiss anyone's ass to get this job."

"Then they have a Mexican win the World Series in two years. And they're saying he doesn't have experience, he never managed in baseball before. Well, too [expletive] bad."

"What's the difference? No one knows the difference anyway." --Guillen, after being reminded that he's Venezuelan.

A) I love how Ozzie throws Uribe and BA under the bus for their struggles.
B) How great is it that when Ozzie got rolling he forgot he was Venezuelan and not Mexican?

Ah, Ozzie. You may insist on subjecting White Sox fans to Scott Podsednik's incompetence as a lead-off hitter, but you do make the dog days a little more entertaining.


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