Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Ozzie Guillen Needs A Reality Check

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Not only has Ozzie Guillen brought a world series title to the south side of Chicago, but he's also brought so much more to the media and fans of sports talk with his daily sound bytes ranting and raving about an assortment of different things. Ozzie could bring up how much he hates Wrigley Field at the same time he's talking about how Bartolo Colon is a huge Michael Jackson fan and was devastated about his passing. (moment of silence)

(silence....text version)

So it was with great delight before signing on the air Saturday night for another installment of the Joe O and Rock Show that Ozzie decided to go off in his usual post game presser with the media. He wasn't upset about the team allowing twelve unanswered runs to their division foe the Detroit Tigers. He wasn't upset that the White Sox offense only scored two hits on a Detroit bullpen that pitched a total of 5 2/3 innings that night. He wasn't upset about the entire season being a train wreck of sorts even though expectations for this team were low to begin with.

None of that!!

Ozzie was upset his team had a college football game on their GIANT (I've seen it) Television in the clubhouse after the game.

Really?? That's it??

Is it so harsh to a manager that after a loss (granted it was an ugly one) that his team unwinds watching Tim Tebow get lit up in a game against Kentucky?

Seriously Ozzie...look at the grand scheme of things. You've been preaching for weeks now that your team is (for the most part) out of it, so you were going to play out the stretch as best you can and have some fun along the way. So now you're upset that the team decided a college football game was a nice escape from a bitter loss?

I just don't get Ozzie's logic of thinking because the post game clubhouse area is exactly that.....the post game.

Here's some of what The Wizard Of Oz Ozzie spit out on Saturday Night:
"[Do] they think the season's over for them? Yes. If they think the season's over for me, no. And I'm going to make it clear. It's a bunch of [bleeps] out there watching football games like a piece of [bleep] with no pride the way they [bleep] play, and that's embarrassing.

"I'm not in a pennant race, but at least I have some pride. ... When you go out there and you turn your TV on and watch stupid-ass football when those [bleep] football players don't give a [bleep] about you, that's embarrassing.

"We have how many games, seven games they have to put their [bleep] together. Because I don't mind losing games. That's part of the game. But when you lose games and you don't even care about it, we're going to have problems. ... Getting your ass kicked like that, then all of a sudden you're watching football games, that's a bunch of [bleep]."

Why is it Ozzie cares so much about what his players do off the field after a game and not about what is going on during the game? For example, Oney Guillen (Ozzie's second oldest child) was recently in the headlines about what he was "tweeting" (Twitter account recently deleted) during a game on the road in Seattle. Some examples of the "controversial" tweets included:
"Sox nation don't get excited.... Looks like were sinking faster then the titanic. "

"U blow. Save and the game, and ur *ing laughing ur ass of for 6 innings? Have some *ing pride disgusting. He gone. " (talking about Bobby Jenks blowing the save in the game)

"What this team does best drink. "

Oney is a recent draft pick of the Chicago White Sox and is an employee of the team. These tweets were done while the game was still going on that long night in Seattle. Isn't this more of an issue for Ozzie to be worried about? Isn't this a bigger deal than players tuning in some college football after a game?

What happened to while the game is going on, it's all business for ALL PARTIES involved. On top of that, for a member of the White Sox organization who isn't the manager/GM/owner to go out a criticize the White Sox basically calling them a bunch of drunks...that's a bigger issue then Tebow's return.

There is a double standard here and that's the bothersome point.

Let's face it, it's been a disappointing year for Chicago baseball as a whole and quite frankly the end couldn't come soon enough. However Ozzie Guillen needs to get his priorities in check and realize what's important and what's not. Worry about what happens during a game and not afterwards.

Maybe that's been the problem all year long.


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