Here are some highlights of Ozzie's interview with Sporting News magazine, which comes out Thursday.
There is some rehash, but Ozzie never gets old on most topics. He was interviewed by Steve Greenberg.
- Ozzie on the best manager in Chicago: "Me. Because our division is hard. Maybe all the people in the National League will be all mad, but I will trade (for a) National League Central (schedule) in a heartbeat. I will take that with my eyes closed."
- On media treatment toward the Cubs: "If (Carlos) Quentin was playing for the Cubs, he'd already be MVP. If (Alexei) Ramirez was with the Cubs, he would be National League Rookie of the Year. They talk about (Cubs rookie Kosuke) Fukudome more than they talk about Ramirez."
- On the top three players in Chicago: "Derrek Lee is the most complete player Chicago has. He's the best player in Chicago. The most under-the-radar player Chicago has is (Jermaine) Dye. Dye has been the best outfielder for the last five years, won the MVP in the World Series, had more consistent years than anybody in the league-and nobody give this kid any attention? That's the second-best player in Chicago. And Carlos Quentin (is third)."
- On steroids: "My wife say every year, 'Look at those players, they take care of themselves better than you do. Every year, they get bigger and stronger. You out of shape through spring training.' She say, 'Why you don't take care of yourself like they do? They no drink, they no do anything.' Now, I get the last laugh. I'm normal, I'm healthy, I'm happy. I no have to deal with that (expletive). I no have to answer anybody's questions. I tell my players, 'You get caught with that (expletive), don't tell me. I'm not gonna (expletive) protect you, I'm gonna throw you under the train.'''
- On White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf: "You say something negative about Jerry Reinsdorf around me, be ready to fight. Aw, yeah, be ready to fistfight because I will kick your (expletive) (expletive) if you talk about that man when you don't know him."
- On sensitivity training: "When (Major League Baseball) sent me to the crazy guy-what is that? (Sensitivity training, as ordered by MLB following the incident with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti.) This guy told me I was crazy, I need anger management. Shut the (expletive) up. You don't know, you don't know my life. You went to (expletive) Harvard, and you're gonna spend time talking to Ozzie Guillen, who got eighth grade? You should feel embarrassed. You know what? How many employees you got in your office? Let's trade (expletive) jobs for a week to see who handle it better. Just because I called one guy that?"
- On job security: "I guarantee (if) you wanna fire Ozzie Guillen, my cell phone will ring 30 times and they will ask me, 'What do you want to do?' "
- On A.J. Pierzynski: "You play against A.J., you hate him. You play with A.J., you hate him a little less."
- On the Cubs: "I got Cubs fans who are friends. I say (expletive) you. The Cubs fans, they're cocky. They've been (expletive) for a lot of years, but they're cocky. They let you know they're No. 1 in town. But I got a lot of friends with the Cubs. Lou Piniella, I love that man. That's my goal-manage that many years. The best thing that happened to (expletive) Chicago is Lou Piniella and Ozzie Guillen in the same (expletive) town. (Expletive) the boring-(expletive) guys every day. Some people have to be politically correct, some people have to be (expletive) up. That's Lou Piniella and Ozzie Guillen."