After the White Sox blew a 5-0 lead and lost to the first-place Detroit Tigers at the Cell Saturday night, Ozzie Guillen launched into a tirade that you sometimes hear from a manager that knows he's about to get whacked.
Ozzie is not in danger of losing his job.
Rather, he again demonstrated his passion for playing the game right, and he verbalized it like few peers in the history of the game could match.
Here is the transcript, edited for your protection. Let's call it “Football Follies.”
“Embarrassing. Very embarrassing. Not because we’re out of the pennant race. I’ve
been dealing with this for how many months, six months? Dealing with this for
the next two, three days, five day, six days, whatever I have left, I’m not
going to tolerate it. If they think the season’s over for them? Yes. If they think
the season’s over for me, no. And I’m going to make it clear. It’s a bunch of
(bleeps) out there watching football games like a piece of (bleep) with no pride,
the way they (bleep-bleep) play, and that’s embarrassing. If you don’t have pride to play this game and you don’t care about it, get another job. Because I know I’m
going to be all over the stinking place when I talk about this. I’m not in a
pennant race, but at least I have some pride and at least I have something to
fight for and at least I have something to show up to this ballpark and play for.
And when you go out there and you turn your TV on and watch stupid (bleep) football
when those (bleep-bleep) football players don’t give a (bleep) about you, that’s
embarrassing. We’ve got how many games, seven games, they’ve got to put their
(bleep) together. Because I don’t mind losing games. That’s part of the game. But
when you lose games and you don’t even care about it, we’re going to have
problems. I run this ballclub and I’m going to run this ballclub the way I want
to. If they don’t want me here, I'll get another job, or get me other players. But
getting your (bleep) kicked like that, then all of a sudden you’re watching football games, that’s a bunch of (bleep).”