Ozzie Guillen says goodbye to the Buehrles
September 26, 2011
(Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
in where ari tries to write a serious baseball post, but it turns into a rambling.
So this is odd.
I can’t honestly tell you how I feel about this Ozzie Guillen situation right now. I’m a little surprised that this is all unfolding with two (and, really, meaningless) games left in the 2011 season, but this break-up was inevitable. For me, I never insisted that Kenny Williams or Ozzie Guillen had to be the one to go, but, after two years now of dysfunctional and played out drama, I’m firmly in the camp that one of these guys had to go. A fighting relationship between your general manager and your manager doesn’t exactly spell success for your team, and you couple that with two disappointing seasons? A third season of this would be pretty unacceptable.
So Ozzie’s going to Florida, and it’ll be interesting how this plays out. It’s always kind of been an unwritten acknowledgement here that, whenever Ozzie Guillen would leave Chicago, that he’d end up with the Marlins. I guess I can see the Marlins’ point of view a bit - reportedly, Jeffery Loria has been fond of the Ozzie-for-manager idea, they’re opening a new ballpark in 2012, and Ozzie’s allure will bring extra press. Still, I keep thinking - if the Marlins had problems (allegedly!) with Logan Morrison’s tweeting and off-the-field behavior, how will they deal with Ozzie Guillen’s personality? Heck, how will they deal with Oney Guillen? (Side note: I’ll always blame Oney for a good portion of this fall-out, even if it does come down to Kenny and Ozzie. It’s unbelivable the damage that Oney can cause even when he’s no longer employed by the organization and is simply “son of the manager.”)
But, dang it, I’ll miss Ozzie. I’ll miss Ozzie’s crazy quotes and honest answers. I’ll miss Ozzie’s expressive post-game outbursts and his in-game discussions with fans behind the dugout. I’ll miss the manager who brought a World Series title to Chicago for the first time in 88 years. And, while some things drove me crazy (like I don’t know how someone can manage Alexei Ramirez for almost four full seasons and never learn Alexei can’t lay down a bunt), Ozzie was a decent manager. So as much as I’ll raise my eyebrows, I wish Ozzie the best of luck and hope he finds success down in Florida.
And as for the White Sox? I hope this is only the step toward the right direction. The break-up was inevitable, but it certainly does not provide solutions for the lost years of Adam Dunn and Alex Rios. It doesn’t deal with Mark Buehrle’s impending free agency or Jake Peavy’s expensive, fragile body. It does not make the large, unmovable contracts disappear or suddenly produce a better farm system. So, I’ll put on my hat, watch the offseason, wait until next year - or, in White Sox fan terms - sit back, relax, and strap it down.
In the first inning against the White Sox on Saturday, Miguel Cabrera hits a Gavin Floyd pitch off the right field wall. After the umpires coviene and determine it was a double, not a homer, Ozzie Guillen does what any other manager would do in this situation - openly mock Miguel Cabrera for his “lack of power.”
Cabrera, for his part, is a good sport and laughs Ozzie off; later, Cabrera actually gets the last laugh by completing the Tigers 9-8 comeback by hitting the game-winning walk-off homer.
Ozzie says no.
Derrick Rose is a bad moth.
I need this on my own blog.
Oh my god.
i am dead.
Ozzie Guillen’s back as a World Series analyst
THIS WORLD SERIES WILL BE THE GREATEST THING EVER.