This is me, throwing up my hands on the Ozzie Guillen fan-ripping rant. When I spend a Memorial Day weekend celebrating birthdays and the aforementioned holiday hosting barbecues and going outside, I expect the beat writers to inform me what's happened while I was gone....so I can then muse on command.
First was the Mark Gonzales Trib story that featured the rant:
"They only remember the 2005 team (that won the World Series) in 2020
when we come here in a wheelchair," Guillen said. " 'Oh, yeah, thank
you.' As soon as you leave the ballpark, they don't care about you
anymore. ... The monuments, the statues they have for you, they pee on it
when they drunk. ... 'Thank you for coming' for 30 minutes for all the
suffering you did all your life, day in and day out.
Criticizing the fans is pretty much the worst option always. So much
so that I got upset over this remark almost instantly before wondering
whether this was just another one of the exaggerated metaphors that
Ozzie talks in all the time.
Thankfully, Ozzie refuted the quote incoherently but thoroughly on Twitter, claiming he was taken out of context.
Phew! What a relief! Stupid reporters! Always writing the wrong things! (I know, right?)
Sure, seeing as Mark Gonzales has to deal with this team on a daily
basis for his career, egregiously misquoting Guillen for a story would
probably require him to be insane, but fffffffpp, why let that get in
the way of things?
As Jim Margalus pointed out,
he's pretty much directly quoted, which makes it hard to come down hard
on to come down on the beat guys for...you know, listening to their
Now, Doug Padilla reviewed the tape and came to conclusion that Ozzie was discussing radio talk show hosts and other knee-jerk media. Well, I guess that works too; I just flipped through the channels and Chicago Tribune Live was polling whether Ozzie should be fired.
At this point, it's almost immaterial the direction. The Sox season is
in a crisis and fittingly, Ozzie is fretting about the cruelties of the
profession he clearly adores. Dunn's description that Guillen deals
with the losses like a player would is pretty spot-on. Just like
players' body languages becomes negative during a slump, so does Ozzie
react when the team skids. It was obvious the team was desperate for a
win Monday night from the way Guillen reacted--exasperated relief.
Given how great of a push it will require for the Sox to make the
playoffs, and how disastrous it is for the organization if they continue
to flounder, things should stay this demonstrative throughout.
Obviously a lot of people hate it, and at least a few of them used to be
in the Sox clubhouse, but if he's really an exhausting,
attention-hogging, distracting albatross, results will probably bear
that out....or they won't, and managers have minimal influence,
In the meantime, Danks' spat with Jose Bautista over his angry reaction
to missing one of John's several hittable pitches on Sunday sparked quite the debate over 'unwritten rules'. As with Ozzie, this is clearly frustration talking, and continuing to talk in the locker room afterword
as Danks called Bautista a "clown". At least it seems like an unlikely
situation to ever come up again--Danks getting eviscerated and Bautista
missing a grooved 3-2 fastball--especially with the White Sox' typical
avoidance of retaliation.
Whatever breaking of the code Bautista committed was easily one-upped by
Danks' post-game barbs, if not his on-field prickliness, but that's the
nature of the White Sox these days....the frustration is readily
So naturally, the Sox responded to this situation by winning a game by
patiently reeling a wild pitcher in and racking up key hits...just like
they've doing all season long, right?
Just a little while ago, I addressed how the White Sox had been so preposterously bad in high-leverage hitting situations,
that some degree of reversal of fortune was just inevitable. So while
normally I might feel shaky about a 7-3 win in Boston based around
six-runs being driven in via a seeing-eye Pierzynski grounder, a bloop
Alexei Ramirez double just a bit up the right field line, and a looped
single into short center by Quentin, given the run the Sox have been
through, they were earned.
It just goes to show why you place an onus on on-base skills and
creating opportunities where lucky nonsense can produce runs...though
Paulie's dinger was a lot of fun too. Jon Lester was far from good, but
someone has to be able to actually take advantage of vulnerable
Perhaps a bit more high-leverage offensive production will be enough to
keep the Sox from lashing out and drawing the ire of the entire league.
But probably not, they kinda have a talent for it.