Around here, I’ve repeatedly called for Ozzie Guillen’s head.
OK, really just his job.
But it’s always baffled me how a guy can so thoroughly embarrass an organization through his actions (Oh, he can’t speak English well, isn’t it funny when he swears?!), and still be so revered by the fans.
This is Ozzie.
He’s loud, obnoxious, profane and homophobic. And on top of that, his club is awful this year.
If you, dear reader, were the team president with a manager is that situation, what would you do?
If you answered, “R. Give him an extension through 2012,” you can one day run a major-league team!
Yes, the Sox have given Guillen an extension, and not your regular continuation, a 5-year deal.
It seems this is well, a bad move. The White Sox still seem to be clinging to their World Series win in 2005. Yes, that was a huge, huge win for the entire South Side, and don’t get me wrong, there is nothing, NOTHING wrong about fan pride. But keeping Ozzie isn’t going to get you back to the World Series, that’s going to take a better team.
Also, I’m assuming the team is going to go through a heaving rebuilding phase since this new contract screams “you can be awful for at least two more years before you have to win again.”
Do the Sox really think Ozzie is the guy for that job? This is a guy who sent rookie pitcher Sean Tracey down to the minors for not retaliating and hitting a batter. Sounds like a very great, patient “teacher” to me.
So good luck for the next five years Chicago, my money is on a buyout after year 2. Oh, and where can I get a pair of those Ozzie-colored glasses you see the world through?