Former White Sox supervisor Ozzie Guillen has by no means been one to mince phrases. If he doesn’t such as you, he’ll say it to your face. Whereas that “I don’t give a toot” perspective is admirable in some circumstances, it typically lands Guillen in scorching water with baseball followers — and particularly the media.
Since retiring from managing following the 2012 season, Guillen — who additionally performed 16 years within the bigs, primarily with the White Sox — hasn’t been any much less vocal relating to his ideas on his former group. Most lately, after the ChiSox misplaced the primary recreation of a doubleheader to division rival Cleveland by a ultimate of 4-1 — in a recreation that noticed White Sox supervisor Tony La Russa deliberately stroll an opposing hitter in an 0-1 depend — Guillen appeared on the NBC Sports activities Chicago postgame present together with former White Sox outfielder Scott Podsednik to voice their displeasure with how the group was being managed.
Guillen took issues a step additional although, referring to La Russa as “Rick Renteria with credentials.”
Renteria was the White Sox supervisor between 2017 and 2020. He was fired after his group went 35-25 throughout the COVID-shortened 2020 season, ending one recreation again of the division-leading Minnesota Twins. The group additionally misplaced two video games to at least one within the Wild Card spherical in opposition to Oakland. 2020 was Renteria’s solely profitable season as a supervisor. A lot of the White Sox’s incompetence rightfully fell on Renteria’s shoulders. Mainly, Guillen was calling La Russa a subpar supervisor. Fairly tame, but additionally considerably uncalled for, given Guillen’s historical past with the membership.
Guillen isn’t incorrect although. The White Sox have quite a lot of expertise and must be competing for a division title, but midway by way of the season, they’re meddling round .500. Nonetheless, New York Publish columnist Jon Heyman didn’t look after Guillen’s comparability.
Heyman implied in his tweet that Guillen was gunning for La Russa’s job, eyeing a return to managing an MLB membership. Guillen didn’t take too kindly to this insinuation and went off on Heyman in a sequence of replies calling Heyman each identify within the guide. Guillen ultimately apologized to NBC Sports activities Chicago for his actions, however wasn’t finished with Heyman, lastly ending his Twitter tirade by difficult Heyman to a boxing match.
That is essentially the most struggle the White Sox have proven all yr, and Guillen’s not even related to the group anymore.
Guillen might not be the most important man, however he’s recognized for not backing down. If I used to be Heyman, I wouldn’t wish to struggle. Perhaps if I used to be 6’6″, 240, I’d go at it with Guillen, however Heyman is 61 years outdated and solely 5’8″ — three inches shorter than Guillen, a former main league shortstop. Heyman just isn’t. No probability he’s taking that struggle.
After a brief backwards and forwards on Twitter, Heyman tried to resolve the state of affairs by stating that he wouldn’t struggle Guillen however was keen to donate $500 to a charity of Guillen’s selection if Guillen was keen to do the identical for him.
$500? That’s it? Actually? Heyman is price $5 million, and the perfect he can do is $500? Come on man, at the least make it an affordable supply. Guillen has not responded. Rumor has it he’s nonetheless acquired steam popping out of each his ears as visions of Heyman’s tweet run by way of his head like sheep leaping over a fence.
Whereas Guillen’s feedback definitely weren’t sort, I doubt they held the sick intent that Heyman appears to insinuate along with his tweet. La Russa deserves to be fired, little question about it. Nonetheless, we’re nonetheless solely midway by way of the season. Maybe the White Sox might make a late-season push for a playoff spot. Perhaps they make a couple of strikes on the deadline and begin competing with the Twins within the AL Central. Perhaps they lastly flip issues round. Nonetheless, as of proper now, Guillen’s feedback ring true, and you’ll’t get offended with him for stating the plain.