Ozzie Guillen, manager of the Chicago White Sox, after his team was involved in a bench-clearing brawl Sunday:
“I’ve hit people before on purpose. Yes I have. Because that’s my job. Protect my players.”
I’m sure the commissioner’s office will find this intriguing.
Of course, Ozzie is right, and every manager has done the same thing, and will continue to. As Jeff Passan says, this aspect of the game is self-regulating — or should be. But busybodies who sit in the air-conditioned offices of the Commissioner like to pretend that they can set up rules — to tell athletes who sweat in 110 degree heat and get 98 mph fastballs thrown in their vicinity on a daily basis — just how these things should work.
Good luck with that.
So Ozzie will get fined, and nothing will change, including Ozzie’s propensity for talking too much. But that’s what makes him so entertaining; he says, out loud and with no hesitation, the exact same things that so many of us are already thinking.
I’m picturing him as White House Press Secretary … yelling at arrogant media buffoons, spittle flying off of his lips, turning 6 shades of red, threatening to take an ice pick to all four tires of somebody’s car after the press conference …