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Is The Chicago White Sox’s Miserable Start Driving Ozzie Guillen To Drink?

To say that the start of the season for the Chicago White Sox has been horrific would be a drastic understatement. Sitting at 11-21 after getting no-hit by Francisco Liriano and ultimately swept by the Minnesota Twins, poor Ozzie Guillen is at a loss in attempting to explain just why things have gone so wrong and why the Sox are mired in such a troubling funk.

But if you read between the lines of what Ozzie is saying, troubling clues arise as to how the White Sox skipper might be attempting to cope with the epic suck that has been the team’s season. I’m no chemical dependency expert – well, I guess I am in a way, but that’s another story altogether – but due to some very disturbing warning signs, I am beginning to get the impression that Guillen might be looking to turn to the bottle in order to deal with the overabundance of problems facing the Pale Hose.

To wit, two illustrative and as expected, colorful quotes from Guillen, the first from CSN Chicago (via Hardball Talk):

“I’m not making any excuses: We suck … Maybe our players don’t feel the same way, but we do. We care about this ballclub. Every time we lose a game [the coaches feel like] we fail … Our salary sucks. The only reward we have as coaches is winning … Every day you have to go out and fight, go and fight like a man. That’s why a lot of coaches drink, smoke, have ulcers. I don’t have any of those. This week, I haven’t even touched a beer yet.”

The fact that he hasn’t touched a beer yet, while encouraging, is a subtle indication that he might be becoming fixated on drinking as a coping mechanism, especially when you take the following quote into consideration (via the Pioneer Press):

“Every time people say I don’t know what’s wrong with the White Sox, I say the same thing: ‘Me neither,’ ” Guillen said before Wednesday’s game against the Twins.

“I wish I could figure it out. Have we tried to figure it out? Yes. Maybe we try too much,” Guillen said. “Right now we don’t click.”

“That’s an excuse. It’s mental. … Oh, you’re not mental when you go 4 for 4. You’ve got some brains,” Guillen said. “I do not believe players have mental problems. You have a mental problem, you can’t play baseball. To me, that’s an excuse. A very good excuse.”

“We used to solve the mental problem with vodka and a lot of Budweiser,” he said.

Uh-oh. An indication that he might be considering reverting back to an earlier and destructive way of life fueled by overindulging in  liquor? Possibly, and if so, not good. If there is such a thing as a Preemptive Intervention, now would be a good time to have one for Ozzie. He’s teetering on the edge, folks. Then again, can you blame him?

Ozzie: ‘I’m not making any excuses, we suck’ [CSN Chicago (via Hardball Talk)]
Ozzie Guillen is at a loss to explain the Chicago White Sox’s woes [Pioneer Press]