Ozzie Guillen's postgame routine: 'go to the hotel bar, get drunk, sleep'

Ozzie Guillen

CINCINNATI -- What does a big-league manager do after a game? For Ozzie Guillen, the answer is simple.

“I go to the hotel bar, get drunk, sleep,” Guillen said before Thursday's game with the Reds. “I don’t do anything else.”

No matter where his team is -- New York or Cincinnati -- Guillen said he sticks to the same routine. In fact, he said he’d never seen the World Trade Center in New York or gone to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. For his 12 years that he’s lived in Miami, he’s been to South Beach three times, he said.

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“I get drunk because I’m happy we win or I get drunk because I’m very sad and disturbed because we lose,” Guillen said. “Same routine, it never changes. It’s been the same routine for 25, 28 years. It doesn’t change. I don’t like to go out.”

In the morning, he said, he may play golf and then get sushi for lunch before going to the ballpark.

“I don’t have time,” Guillen said. “I’ve got to be here early, and I go to sleep so drunk that I have to recover in time to go to the park.”

He did say there was a major advantage to his particular ways of celebrating.

“I never get in trouble, you see that?” Guillen said. “I never leave the hotel. Nobody can call my wife and tell her they see Ozzie in this bar or place. ... I never get in trouble, I don’t go out. If I got drunk and someone talked [smack] to me, there’d be a fight. I’m too little to fight. If I was [Giancarlo] Stanton’s size, I would be looking for fights. I can’t. I might get killed.”
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