Ozzie Guillen: he has some personality disorder or psychological problem. Or he could just be another media whore that realizes that when he says controversial things, it increases his payday. You know, the old saying: “Any publicity is good publicity”: the rule of thumb that P.T. Barnum, Vince McMahon, and Howard Stern have practiced. Or, according to him, he simply “tells it like it is”, like Jesse The Body Ventura, and needs to be commended for his brash honesty.
Anyway, Chicago White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper took Ozzie’s job for a couple of days after Ozzie quit. Cooper, who was hammering out an extension with General Manager Kenny Williams, said the following:
“I was told that Ozzie was asked, ‘What about your coaches? Let’s sign your coaches,’ and he said, ‘No, let them sweat.’
Ozzie then cut a promo (pro wrestling term for a heated interview attacking someone):
“Cooper needs to look in the mirror. He didn’t back-stab me. I know who he is. He back-stabbed his fellow coaches, the guys he worked with for years. You got family? That’s fine. Everyone does. We all knew Coop was Kenny’s bitch. Look, Coop is not a good coach; he’s a great coach. But Coop is Coop. He doesn’t worry about anyone; he worries about himself. I stuck up for my coaches like a muthfcker.
“I told them I want to keep my coaching staff, and I never lied to the media. I talked to Jerry Reinsdorf maybe five times. The reason I was so comfortable with the Sox was the coaches. Let them sweat it out? Coop was Kenny’s guy, and my staff knew that. We all know what he really is.’’
“I saw Coop saying after I left, ‘I can manage in the big leagues.’ That sounded like a statement like, ‘I’m better than Ozzie.’ I know I can never be a pitching coach, but when the games mean shit for two days, it’s easy.
“What I know is I never told Kenny, ‘Let them sweat.’ That’s not true.’’
More gossip: after Guillen left the Sox, he text messaged Cooper: “You finally got what you wanted.”
Turns out Cooper broke ranks with Guillen and the coaches in June and negotiated a 4-year extension with Kenny Williams.
When you consider that the White Sox pitching staff fell apart and Cooper was rewarded with an extension, it seems as if the General Manager and owner Jerry Reinsdorf pushed Guillen out.
So yeah, Guillen got backstabbed. Not that I have much sympathy for him. I mean, why was he backstabbed? Just because he was a victim of selfish politics doesn’t mean that he is a sympathetic figure.
New manager Robin Ventura may have his hands full since the same old cast is still running the show.
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