He once called Magglio Ordonez a Venezuelan piece of s&!t. He also said the toughest man he knows is Fidel Castro. But, Ozzie Guillen guided guided the Chicago White Sox to their first World Series title in 88 years and remains an extraordinarily popular man among White Sox fans.
Why you ask?
Consider he was the team’s rookie of the year in 1985, was the stunning choice as manager in 2004, won World Series and now is a very popular and still outspoken pre and post game TV analyst. “I don’t know why people always second guess me when I always pay my taxes, I never beat my wife, I never do anything wrong, I sent my kids through college.”
And there’s more.
“Every time they hear about me, just a guy creating a lot of crazy things and talks to much.”
But,seriously folks, Ozzie loves his wife of 40 years whom he met as a 15 year old in his native Venezuela. That story alone is worth listening to part of of this episode of “Tell me a story I don’t know.” He has three grown sons and yours truly remembers when two of them were running around crazy in the locker room.
Guillen is popular because he’s honest, sometimes to a fault. “As long as you don’t make stuff up, that you’re not lying to the fans. Even I say one thing means something to me but somebody else means something else.”
Guillen’s broken English has something to do with that.
During this episode Guillen also talks about his native country and not in wonderful terms. He also talks about Chicago where’s he’s lived most of his adult life, Tony LaRussa, the twice ex manager of the White Sox whom Guillen played under then criticized during his recent second run with the team and…tweeting!
“Tell me a story I don’t know” begins its 8th season partnering with Last Word on Sports Media Podcast and is proudly sponsored by Mr.Duct. Find them at mrductcleaning.com. Hear part one with Ozzie Guillen by clicking below,
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