I’m back in Chicago for a few days and I see a column in the Chicago Tribune that leads with:
“Is Ozzie Guillen trying to get himself fired?”
Columnist Phil Rogers went on to talk about the Sox manager’s tirade the other night:
‘At one point during his Wednesday night tirade, Guillen said his hitters were “killing me … killing my family … killing my coaching staff … killing the White Sox fan … [killing] the owner … [killing] everyone.” He said he feels like a cheerleader rooting for a last-place football team.’
It got me thinking about Ozzie and his style. He pulls no punches, he gets in trouble with his mouth pretty regularly and can be refreshingly honest…maybe to a fault. It wasn’t a fault when he was leading his team to a World Series title. His style was considered one of the reasons they were winning. The great line about winning is…’it’s a great deodorant’. It covers up all your faults. Now the Sox aren’t winning, they’re last in the AL Central. How long does it take for your personality to be used against you? Will the Sox fans and more importantly, Sox management, back Guillen and keep him? Should they? Isn’t he the same manager that took them to a World Series?
Staying in Chicago, remember Dennis Rodman with the Bulls? His act never got stale because all the Bulls did was win when Dennis was on the team. He never had the chance to wear out his welcome by losing.
If you liked Ozzie Guillen’s style when they were winning, you can’t be a hypocrate and say you don’t like it now. You can call for his firing because they are losing, that’s the business of sport, but don’t say he’s a boor. He’s the same person.