Is it wrong that Ozzie Guillen's latest rant solicited nothing more from me than a chuckle and a shake of the head?
By now, we should be used to Ozzie going off on one thing or another. This rant was a bit different because it targeted fans, but to me it still has a lot to do with frustration over a team that isn't nearly living up to expectations, and especially with the two members of that team--Adam Dunn and John Danks--who are having the worst seasons of their respective careers.
Here are some of the choicest words:
"They only remember the 2005 team (that won the World Series) in 2020 when we come here in a wheelchair," Guillen said. " 'Oh, yeah, thank you.' As soon as you leave the ballpark, they don't care about you anymore. ... The monuments, the statues they have for you, they pee on it when they drunk. ... 'Thank you for coming' for 30 minutes for all the suffering you did all your life, day in and day out..."
I strongly urge watching the video clip. It is vintage Ozzie.
I do think some portion of Sox fans can be pretty unforgiving. I know they take pride in their right to boo a poor performance, but it's a bit much when you hear calls to yank beloved icon Mark Buehrle after he has given up a couple runs--something I have defnitely heard at games in the last year.
I want to believe there is some code in the rant for the players, not the fans, to understand: Forget that this club has a World Series in its recent past. Even if you do something good today, you need to have a short memory and attack the next day with a hunger. You aren't as good as you think, and you need to get better. You can't just wait to get hot.
I am not even surprised that Ozzie took to Twitter to disown his comments even though they were televised on Comcast SportsNet. It just seems like something he would do. Yesterday's 13-4 loss was pretty terrible, mostly because of Danks, though the in the 9-8 loss that stirred Ozzie's ire a bit the day before (in retrospect, we should have seen Sunday's rant coming) the Sox actually showed signs of life.
There have been some signs lately that Cleveland and Kansas City may fade, and that Minnesota may be mired in a prolonged slump. I think a lot of Ozzie's ranting is directed at trying to wake up a club that has a huge opportunity right in front of it, but so far is falling short.