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Guillen: 'I say we suck'

Posted on: May 4, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 6:15 pm
 
Ozzie Guillen

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Oh you Ozzie Guillen...

There are some days I'd love to cover the Chicago White Sox and some days I know I'd hate it. The thing is when you cover someone like Guillen, you can never take time off because you don't know what he may say -- and you'll be expected to have it. I've covered those types before, and it's great most days because they can make your job easy, but on certain days they make your job hard.

Today? Well, if you're good at transcribing, Ozzie made the job pretty easy.

Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com did a nice job of giving the highlights from Guillen 16-minute pregame meeting with the media (and keep in mind this was before losing 3-2 to the Twins on Wednesday to fall to 11-21 and have lost 18 of their last 23).

• On the team heading west: "Well, I was looking for the trip for the first time in my career. At least it's going to be like 2 o'clock in the morning here so if we play bad, people don't have to watch us."

• On coaches and managers getting the blame for poor play: "It's how it has been for 100 years. Players play bad, coaches pay. Players play good, they get their raise in salary. Like I said, coaches in the big leagues they win championships, they get maybe $10,000 raise. Players win championships and they get maybe $16 or $20 million raise."

• On the attention on the White Sox's troubles: "Every time people say I don't know what's wrong with the White Sox, I say the same thing: 'Me neither.' I wish I could figure it out. We've tried to figure out, yes. Maybe we try too much. Maybe we should let them go out and play the game. Take batting practice, we don't hit, we hit early, we don't hit early. We do everything everyone else does. We're not clicking."

• On the team psychiatrist: "Nothing against the guy, I respect him because this guy went to school. He helps us. But I think right now the players like everything, it's an excuse. Hey, take it like me. I say we suck. They say I should get fired, I don't give a [expletive]. Why? Because that's the way it is."

• If Jerry Reinsdorf has talked to him about his job status: "At this point, I don't trust anyone. You think Jerry come to me and say, 'We might fire you?' What do you think I'm going to say, no? Hey man, you got a lot of reasons to do it. How many games have we lost?"

Go read the rest of the link, not only because Doug did all the transcribing (and trust me, with something like this and with Guillen, that's no small feat), but also because there are some other good Guillen rants in there -- I particularly like the one about hitting coach Greg Walker needing a psychiatrist.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Guillen: 'I say we suck'

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Guillen: 'I say we suck'

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Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:49 am
 

Guillen: 'I say we suck'

I don't think ANYONE believes that coaches of professional teams have ZERO impact.  I understand the argument that players win and lose games.  But, coaches can make a difference.  These players CANNOT manage themselves.  A lot of them have the mentality and maturity of teenagers.  A baseball manager should not have to TEACH the game to his players but he does MANAGE the team (and individual players) and he strategizes.

OZZIE is a good managers because he has a lot of experience as a player and he is brutally honest WITH EVERYONE!  He is honest to himself, reporters and players.  He is honest with his employers too.  That is exceptional!  He admits that they have reasons to fire him.  But, they also have reasons to keep him.  Who would be his replacement and be more effective in getting that group of players to play better as individuals and as a team?

Who is responsible for putting THIS team together?  That would be the GM, Williams.  And he has his orders from above too.  The GM cannot put together the exact team he would like to without regard for the scouting department, financial department, and ownership.

You judge a team and a coaching staff AT THE END OF THE SEASON!  That is if, as management, you are confident with the decisions you made in putting that coaching staff and team together.  If you make changes during the season you'd better be absolutely sure that those changes are IMPROVEMENTS that cannot be put off until the season ends.  Because if management PANICS and has a knee-jerk reaction to initiate drastic changes then it will send a message that management is unsure about its decisions and unstable in its course of actions.  Sometimes you have to make a decision and stick with it long enough to see if the decision was right or wrong.  Otherwise you will change course prematurely and never really know if your initiall decsion was right or wrong.

And yes, Ozzie's championship season DID buy him credibility and loyalty beyond what many people believe is fair.  How many White Sox managers have won championships?  I don't think Tony LaRussa ever won a championship as White Sox manager.  Unless I missed it somehow.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 9:31 am
 

Guillen: 'I say we suck'

It is about time they admit it.  We have been saying that on the North Side for years.  :-)



Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 3:11 am
 

Guillen: 'I say we suck'

I'm a long-time, die-hard Twins fan. But I love Ozzie so much. And this is why. We have been waiting a decade for Ron Gardenhire to take blame, any blame, for his playoff failures, for seasons like this, for pledging so much support to so many loser players, but we NEVER get a blip. In all his years, he's never once admitted to any mistake, ever. I'd take Ozzie in a New York Minute. You can have Gardy.



Since: Dec 22, 2010
Posted on: May 5, 2011 12:34 am
 

Guillen: 'I say we suck'

tell me another manager this team has had since LaRusa that was any damn good.

 There's the problem, you think he's good!!!



Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:24 pm
 

Guillen: 'I say we suck'

Fire the GM Williams.  He's the one who put a team together full of Rob Deers. 



Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Guillen: 'I say we suck'

I think there is something wrong with you.  Your not right in the head.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Guillen: 'I say we suck'

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!  This article and Ozzie made not only my day, but my whole week!  This guy should do a national comedy tour! Oh, wait! He is with his side kicks the White Sux!  AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!  I don't say they suck, their manager does so don't get all defensive on me now.  One more time... HAHAHA HAAAA HAAAAAA HAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Guillen: 'I say we suck'



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