Ozzie Guillen Is Mad As Hell (Again) And He’s Not Going To Take This Anymore
There are several things in this crazy world you can count on seeing or hearing about on a weekly basis: irritating jerks in SUVs cutting you off in traffic because they are not using their signals during lane changes because they are talking on their cell phones, Jason Whitlock ripping on bloggers and a patented Ozzie Guillen Meltdown where he opens his trap and says shit no other manager in Major League Baseball would ever dream of saying.
Ozzie the Angry’s latest beef is with the fact that White Sox batters have been plunked 45 times this season and his emotions finally boiled over after Saturday’s game against the Indians, when three White Sox players were hit. Although 45 times is only the fifth-most in the Major League, Guillen has had enough of it and he has a message for opposing teams: you come at his hitters and the White Sox will retaliate two-fold.
“If I see somebody hitting my players and I know it’s on purpose, two guys are going down,” Guillen said. “I don’t care if I get suspended.”
You see? Guillen could give a shit. He don’t fuckin’ care! It don’t matter to Ozzie. But you’re not foolin’ him, man. Opposing teams might fool the fucks in the league office, but you don’t fool Ozzie. This bush league psych-out stuff. Laughable, man – ha ha!
If you interpret his the quote the way I do, Guillen seems to be implying that he believes that more often than not, pitchers are deliberately plunking guys on the White Sox, something even players on his team don’t appear to believe, including Paul Konerko, who has been drilled four times in the past eight games:
“At no time did I think I was getting hit on purpose,” he said. “At the same time, when you get hit, it never feels good — especially when you get hit a few times in a week. But one team is the Yankees, one team is the Angels and one team is the Indians. Those have nothing to do with each other.”
Thankfully, for the sake of everyone involved, no players were hit by pitches in Sunday’s 8-4 loss to the Indians, so no Cleveland player had to get drilled for Ozzie Guillen’s new “Two eyes for an eye” philosophy.
But Guillen is still concerned that his players are going to eventually get injured if this keeps up, and he’s issuing a challenge to pitchers who throw inside at White Sox players:
“If you can’t pitch in or don’t know how, don’t do it,” he said. “It’s getting to the point where they hit us seven times, 20 times in one week, and I hit one, I’m a headhunter.”
Unfair? Perhaps. But maybe if Guillen didn’t come out and say he will retailiate by headhunting people wouldn’t call him a headhunter. It’s something to think about. Either way, you have to love Ozzie Guillen. The guy is great for baseball, doesn’t give a crap about what anyone thinks of him and stands up for his players. Shine on, Ozzie Guillen, you crazy diamond. Major League Baseball needs more characters like you.
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen vows to retaliate for hitters getting plunked [Chicago Tribune]