Well, if Bobby Jenks didn't have a bad taste in his mouth about the way he left the White Sox, he certainly has one now. After sounding downright wistful toward the fans and the organization while in the wake of being non-tendered and not-offered on his way out of Chicago, now having been allotted proper time to check out his new digs in Boston, Bobby has taken the time to blame Ozzie Guillen for mismanaging him in an interview with Scott Merkin.
Bobby didn't like competing for his job:
"With the way Ozzie was talking this winter and the way he treated me, I
don't want to fight with the guy. How many times did he question my
ability, and then saying how he would love to have me back, but I would
have to come to Spring Training and fight for the closer's role like
Bobby didn't like getting his role changed while he was struggling:
"I want to play for a manager who trusts his relievers, regardless of what's going on."
And Bobby just generally doesn't like to ever be told that things are going poorly:
"Why would I come back to that negativity?" Jenks said. "I'm looking
forward to playing for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen."
At best, Jenks is very firmly invested in the rules of an era that seems
on its way out, especially with the Sox, the era of strict bullpen roles. Bobby sees himself has "The Closer", and feels he should have that role up until....well...it's not
immediately clear what Jenks thinks would have been proper cause for
removal. But concepts like "better play through competition", "riding
the hot hand", or "a reliever's job is to get outs whenever called
upon", these can all just be interpreted as disrespect
At worst, Jenks expects to have a accumulated supply
of slack due to all of his years of service, and as such, the management
should quietly wait for him to round into form and keep throwing him
out to pitch the 9th, even when he's throwing 93 and missing his out
pitch. In that case, moving to a situation where he has no rapport, and
will have to prove his abilities all over again might wind up being the best thing
for his performance.
But because these are the White Sox, Jenks'
obtuse views on his final days will only be the opening paragraphs to
most stories on this matter, due to Ozzie's most social media-inclined son,
Oney, deciding to--as we used to say in simpler times--put his business in the street.
Guillen was upset over the way Jenks transferred blame off of himself
onto other parties. Less understandably, Guillen saw Jenks'
baseball-related barbs as proper provocation to declare total war on
Bobby's character. The entire stream of vitriol is provided here on South Side Sox. It's profane and kinda incoherent, but man is the message clear.
the most part, Guillen's essential sentiment of 'all this stuff we've
been through and this is how you do me!!!?!!?' isn't that outrageous,
but his decision to air personal specifics of Jenks' life that were
almost certainly revealed in the privacy of the clubhouse is
Heavy emphasis on embarrassing. Try as
they already might have to purge the traces of Oney Guillen from the
organization, the White Sox will inevitably come out muddied from this
swamp. The absence of an official team title by Oney Guillen's name
will do little to dismiss notions of the organization as an poorly kept
house where business gets personal, clubhouse whispers get retweeted,
and punctuation (Just a comma, just something to differentiate one
sentence from another! C'mon!) is optional.
Oney Guillen is a
grown man, independent from the organization and of his father, but
the amount of publicity and scrutiny each one of his rants has
generated for both make it unimaginable that the topic of his behavior,
and how it undermines the organization, has not been broached.
But clearly it will need to be quite a bit more, because
while managers as savvy as Ozzie may be hard to find, managers whose
family members understand basic concepts of professionalism are not.
It's enough of a drawback to turn off free agents on the Sox, and it's
enough of a drawback to turn off the Sox on Guillen if it continues.
It seems like Oney really wants to have his father's back, when he might be better off as far away from it as possible.
Jim Margulus has moved from Sox Machine to South Side Sox, but is still essential reading. His take on the situation is here.