Frustrated Ozzie Guillen vents
It was the second consecutive day Guillen went off on a passionate tirade. He laid into his team Saturday for their lack of clutch hitting in a 14-inning defeat to Toronto, but clarified a day later that he wasn't questioning their effort but bemoaning a lost opportunity.
I wish I didn't feel anything for this game. I wish I don't care about White Sox, I wish I didn't care about what the general manager, the fans, the media (thinks). I wish I could go there and say I don't give a (expletive). I can't.” -- Ozzie Guillen
Guillen, who uses social media outlets probably more than any other manager in baseball, has clearly heard the negative comments coming from the most frustrated and computer-savvy segment of White Sox followers.
The club boosted payroll over the $125 million mark for the first time in franchise history and in the process raised expectations. But the team has been one of the worst in baseball this season. After Sunday's defeat the White Sox are 24-31 and 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Cleveland Indians. Only one team -- the Minnesota Twins -- has a worse win percentage in the American League.
"Are (the critics) going to feel sorry because we're going to get fired? (Heck) no," Guillen told reporters before Sunday's game. "They only remember us from (the World Series title in) 2005. In 2020 we'll come here in a wheel chair all (messed) up. As soon as you leave the ballpark they don't care about you anymore. They don't. The monuments, the statue they got, they (urinate) on it when they're drunk. That's all they do. Thank you for coming, bye-bye."
Guillen's latest rant initially started as a way to protect his coaches, especially hitting coach Greg Walker, who seemingly comes under fire every season.
"We win three in a row and nobody says (Don) Cooper is a great pitching coach, Greg Walker is great," Guillen said. "All of a sudden we lose two games and they all want to fire us. Wow. That's nice. I'm not complaining about that because I play. That's part of the game. When the players are good you're good, when the players are bad they're still good. We're the bad guys.
"Nobody gives us enough credit to say, 'Wow, at least those guys care about it.'"
Guillen has constantly said that he doesn't feel pressure in his job and he doesn't care what's being said by the fans or the media. On Sunday his cover appeared to be blown.
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"I wish I didn't feel anything for this game," Guillen said. "I wish I don't care about White Sox, I wish I didn't care about what the general manager, the fans, the media (thinks). I wish I could go there and say I don't give a (expletive). I can't.
"I tried to put in my mind that I don't care. No. I do care, because why? I do care and I love this organization and this is the job I want to do. But sometimes you want to say ... I don't care about this. I'd be lying to myself. I do care about this (expletive)."
Guillen posted a series of tweets late Sunday night to express dissatisfaction with the way his comments have been portrayed in the media, taking particular exception to the reporting of his comments about the fans at Cellular Field.
"No mention any fans and alcohol," one tweet read.
Guillen also tweeted that he wouldn't criticize White Sox fans because they've backed him throughout his career.
In a statement released by the White Sox, Guillen said, "If anyone listens to the entire conversation or reads a transcript of what I said, they will see my comments were not directed as criticism of White Sox fans."
Guillen was suspended for two games and fined $25,000 last month for his actions -- including tweeting -- during a White Sox loss to the New York Yankees on April 27. Guillen was ejected for arguing with plate umpire Todd Tichenor over a called third strike on Paul Konerko.
Shortly after the ejection, Guillen posted two critical tweets. According to MLB rules, all social media messages must stop 30 minutes prior to the first pitch, and they can resume after the game at the individual club's discretion. Getting ejected is not an exemption from the rules.
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.