Ozzie Guillen laments son's tweets
The only thing I was upset about when he tweeted about clubhouse stuff. He grew up in baseball and he knows the clubhouse stuff [stays private].” -- Ozzie Guillen
Guillen said he has no ill will toward his former closer. But that's not to say he was fine with Jenks saying last month upon signing with the Boston Red Sox that he will now get to play for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen.
"I was sad, I was not surprised," Guillen said about Jenks' parting shot from the White Sox. "When you're the manager, a lot of people are going to have different opinions.
"I was sad because I think I personally give Bobby every opportunity on the field and off the field. I think everything Bobby did was a good thing for the White Sox. [He did] great things. I have so much respect for his family, his wife. I was sad. I wasn't mad."
Guillen told reporters last season when Jenks was struggling that he was going to have give other relievers a chance to close games. Jenks wasn't happy Guillen went public with such news, but in the end he continued to close games. The fallout was that Guillen and Jenks appeared to have an icy relationship the second half of last season.
As for his own son's fiery outburst directed toward Jenks via Twitter, Guillen admitted that some of the information revealed by Oney Guillen crossed the line.
Among his retaliatory criticisms of Jenks, Oney Guillen tweeted that Jenks was having problems with alcohol, cried in the manager's office, diagnosed his own injury at the end of the 2010 season and assaulted a clubhouse attendant in Arizona.
"The only thing I was upset about when he tweeted about clubhouse stuff," Ozzie Guillen said. "He grew up in baseball and he knows the clubhouse stuff [stays private].
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Since that drama unfolded nearly a month ago, Guillen heard that his son and Jenks talked things over, but he wasn't certain about that.
"[Oney] was sad and he was upset," Guillen said. "I was happy because I was on the boat and he called me and said he talked to Bobby. I don't know if it's the truth or not. I don't know if he said that to make me feel better or they [really] talked.
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.
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