Posted at 12:28 PM on July 30, 2008
by Chris Dall
Looks like White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is starting take some heat (there's a shocker) for his apparent man-crush on Ron Gardenhire and the Twins.
Ozzie, as you might remember, is the man who came up with the "piranhas" nickname to describe the 2006 Twins, and seems to heap praise on the team whenever he gets the chance. He loves them. He really, really loves them.
It doesn't seem to me that big a deal that a manager would laud the skills of an opponent, but you have to wonder if Guillen is trying to send a not-so-subtle message both to his players and the entire White Sox organization. And if that's the case, and the White Sox just happen to miss out on the playoffs this year, White Sox GM Kenny Williams might have another reason to show Ozzie the door.
Ozzie isn't going anywhere...get over it.
I heart Ozzie back.
Nor do I think he should go anywhere. He has that team in contention pretty much every year. It just seems like he and Williams don't have the best relationship, and in that type of situation, it usually doesn't take much for a GM to pull the trigger, so to speak. I also think it's funny how the Chicago media jump on everything Ozzie says and does.
First of all, the Chicago media is garbage, so just ignore them.
Secondly, why do you feel Ozzie and Kenny have a bad relationship? Because they had one blowup where (surprise!) the media blew everything out proportion? If they've got a bad relationship, I've yet to hear about it. Fights happen...do you have a brother? Same thing.
Should Ozzie ever leave the Sox he could work in the Twins media relations department.
Check out this great item on Ozzie. He's one-of-a-kind!
I think Ozzie even gave us the game tonight. With his clearing of the field (to protect his players from hats and foam footballs), I think he pumped the Twins up enough to take the game. Unfortunately, I was watching the game in a Chicago establishment with no audio, but I want to know what kind of words were exchanged with the Twins fan sitting above the White Sox dugout...
Regardless, thanks Ozzie!
If anything, Ozzie's great entertainment from this perspective.