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Guillen, Jenks locked in war of words

Posted on: February 26, 2011 3:14 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2011 3:58 pm
Posted by Matt Snyder

Those familiar with Ozzie Guillen won't be surprised one bit by this, though that doesn't mean it lacks entertainment -- as Ozzie is easily the most entertaining manager in the bigs. Guillen and former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks are now officially locked in a war of words.

It all started when Jenks fired the following shot, via the Chicago Tribune :

"A lot of the stuff with Ozzie [Guillen] and the front office gets old. It has been a problem for a long time. It was a problem before last year ... It's going to be nice for me to see how things are done here."

He's referring to being a member of the Red Sox. But that's beside the point. When reading something like this, the natural reaction for any baseball fan is sheer joy. You know Ozzie can't ignore it. There's no way.

And, thankfully, he didn't. Just check out Mark Gonzales' Twitter feed (he's the Sox beat writer for the Trib).

Some highlights ...

"He did a lot of bad things last year. We lied for him. We [protected] him."

"It's very sad because he knows I can easily, easily kill this kid in the paper. He's not going to win."

"I can make a book out of this kid."

And my personal favorite:

"We don't miss him. Ask 30 guys out there. By the way, I was asking for his number to talk to him about it, and nobody had his number."

I believe I speak for at least 95 percent of the baseball fans out there: Please, White Sox brass, never, ever fire Ozzie Guillen.

Update: There's a bit more in the Chicago Tribune now, including Guillen saying he could rip Jenks' throat out.

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Since: Feb 28, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:11 pm

Guillen, Jenks locked in war of words

Wow you are way off!!  He might seem extreme to you but the fact of the matter is that he defends his players 100%.  His honesty is what shocks fans outside of Chicago.  The sox stuck with Jenks through thick and thin.  If Ozzie is what you say he is, then why would a first class veteran like Konerko want to stay here.  The players respect the heck out of Ozzie and as a die hard fan, I wouldn't want anyone else running the show.

Since: Jan 4, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2011 4:53 pm

Guillen, Jenks locked in war of words

thank you chitownsouthside for the informative and supportive words about and for Ozzie---I agree 100%

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 4:46 pm

Guillen, Jenks locked in war of words

I LOVE OZZZIE GUILLEN!  Also, the Chicago White Sox.

Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 3:46 pm

Guillen, Jenks locked in war of words

yawn..this really isnt news at all

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:14 am

Guillen, Jenks locked in war of words

Is there a new PED that affects only the mouth? If there is, baseball players would certainly be the first to take a swing at trying it. 


Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:00 am

Guillen is a breath of fresh air

In this world of political correctness and entitlement, Guillen is a breath of fresh air.  Never afraid to speak his mind, he is one of the few people I can think of who is always honest.  Guillen is also a very good manager who is respected by 98% of the players he coaches or has coached.  Furthermore, every player that has had a beef with Guillen has turned out to have problems with other teams and managers.  Guillen wasn't a star player despite making several all-star teams and being rookie of the year.  He was a hard-nosed player who came to the diamond every day and played hard with a team first attitude.  That is why he resonates so well with most players.

Guillen is also incredibly misunderstood by all sports media outside of Chicago.  They display Guillen as a bufoon manager who lucks into good fortune and always throws his players under the bus.  Reality is that every player Guillen has thrown under the bus desreved what they got and Ozzie was just being honest.  That is why not one of Jenk's former players is coming to his defense.  Ozzie keeps a close-knit clubhouse where no one player is more important than the rest.  Either you are with him or against him.  He knows the importance of chemistry of the diamond. 

I challenge anyone who thinks I am crazy for saying Ozzie is a breath of fresh air to go and listen to him talk about America.  Ozzie knows that being a professional ball player is a privledge.  He talks about how lucky he is that he can play a kid's game that he loves and provide for his family at the same time.  When once asked whether he liked Venezuela or America better he replied without hesitation that America is the greatest country in the world because it provided him with the opportunity to get everything he has.  You don't hear these spoiled, immature athletes talk like that these days.  He talks about the importance of family and always has his kids in the dugout with him.  In fact, they say the White Sox clubhouse is the only one where immediate family members are always welcome. I agree with the author of the thread that I hope Ozzie manages on the southside for a long time.

Since: May 15, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:56 am

Guillen, Jenks locked in war of words

Those two deserve each other....Plenty of entertaining rhetoric from a distance...Jenks scares the hell out of me, reminds me of Eric Gagne tryin to come back a few years back. Get what you can for him now....

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:49 am

Guillen, Jenks locked in war of words

Mr. Jenks it's time to move on your in a great orginization in Red Sox nation we as paying fans don't need drama what ever was in Chicago it needs to stay there. Please come to Boston and put up and shut up and dont worry if you are unable to perform here the fans will run you out of town just like Paplebon he's hanging on a thread and Franconia wont put up with any BS in Beantown. Do your job and you'll be fine if you dont you'll have more problems than you can handle i guarantee you Boston fans want nothing less then a World Series with the talent we have !

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:43 am

Guillen, Jenks locked in war of words

Ok for all of you tired of hearing Ozzie all the time you guys are dumb, you took the time to click on the link and listen to Ozzie. If you guys were really that sick of Ozzie you would'nt waste your time reading the article let alone commenting on it. There was nothing wrong with what Ozzie said at all. He didn't drop F bombs or speak in a disrespectful way at all. Jenks felt the liberty to speak frankly and as a result Ozzie did the same.

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:22 am

Guillen, Jenks locked in war of words

Oh Ozzie, such a character. My only hope is that Jenks will be motivated by Ozzie's bad mouthing and work on proving him wrong in Boston.

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