The latter sentiment may come true when Jake Peavy is ready to pitch for the White Sox. Contreras yielded six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of a 10-0 loss to the New York Yankees on Saturday. The Sox managed just one hit off Sergio Mitre while committing three errors.
"I'm embarrassed, and everybody in that room should be embarrassed," Guillen told reporters in New York after the game. "If they're not embarrassed, they got the wrong job or they're stealing money from baseball.
"I feel like I'm stealing money from Jerry, and that's a shame. When you have more errors than hits, you better look yourself in the mirror and second-guess yourself. I'm second-guessing myself right now, making the wrong lineup every day. I watched Little League this morning ... they were playing better than we did. At least it was more fun. This is not major-league baseball, sorry."
Guillen repeatedly said he didn't want to take credit away from Mitre or the Yankees, but after the Sox's sixth loss in their last seven games, his frustration boiled over.
"If they don't feel the way I feel right now, they're full of [expletive]," Guillen continued. "There's no doubt in my mind we're better than this. But you get to a point where it is what it is. And my hope is getting less and less. It's a long mountain, and the mountain is getting higher and higher every night. And if we're going to climb to the top, maybe they need a cable car to get up there. But they're not going to walk up there.
"I'm not a loser or a negative guy, but I'm real realistic. That's my problem in the past when I'm so realistic and people get mad at me and they don't like the way I do stuff or the way I talk. Well, if you don't want me to talk that way, [expletive] play better.
The Sox have fallen to third place in the American League Central.
"I'm the one who should take the blame, and I will take the blame, 100 percent, no doubt," Guillen said. "But give me some reason to take the blame. Give me some bullets to fight for you guys. Give me some ammunition."
Peavy was expected to be ready to join the White Sox after throwing another rehab start for Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday night. But Peavy threw just 68 pitches, lasting 3 1/3 innings.
Contreras' future with the White Sox isn't certain.
"Jose .. this is a movie we've been watching for the last three months," Guillen said. "I wish I had another choice besides Jose out there."
Asked about Contreras possibly ending his Sox career in such a disappointing manner, Guillen tried to separate the player from the person.
"A lot of people feel for Jose, believe me," Guillen said. "It's not about feelings. A lot of people feel bad for him, a lot of people feel sorry for him, a lot of people hate his [expletive].
"If he's a failure, we hate his [expletive]. [The other players], they feel for him, as a manager I love Jose. I wish for a better result for him. I do. I show him how much we love him to give him the ball every five days. Too bad it's not working for him right now."