The White Sox “released” Ozzie Guillen from his contract on Monday night, a move that finally ends two years of drama on the South Side of Chicago. It is shocking, however that the move comes two days before the season ended. There was a lot of speculation that the White Sox were not going to fire Ozzie until the season was over.
Every year that Ozzie was here there was some kind of drama. Whether it be his inability to seemingly control his children by being a father and telling them to keep their mouths shut on social media or seemingly never happy with his contract, it was always something. At first, it was cute like the 3 year old kid who points to the dog and calls it kitty. However, eventually that act becomes old and the 3 year old becomes a teenager who is acting out for attention and is no longer cute. That is exactly what Ozzie Guillen has been the last couple years, an overgrown child who constantly demands more of everything so he can be the center of attention.
Maybe the problem for the White Sox wasn’t the fact that they didn’t have the talent this year but the fact that the Ozzie magic ran out. It never seemed like Adam Dunn or Alex Rios meshed with Ozzie this year and this could wind up being the best thing that could happen to Adam Dunn. At least next year he’ll actually be able to hear his manager’s advice instead of trying to decipher psychobabble. In years past, Ozzie could work his magic, unleash a childish expletive laden rant and the Sox would break out of their slump. However, this year that never happened, Ozzie would rant and rave but the team never responded, maybe they were sick of Ozzie being Ozzie and tuned him out. At some point, all of the whining takes the focus off of the team and maybe Ozzie thought that by bringing up his personal grievances with the team that would take pressure off of his team but it never did and instead it made him look more selfish and babyish.
Listening to Ozzie at his “release” press conference, I couldn’t help but feel relief. For the first time in two years, Sox fans do not have to listen to Ozzie whine about not being paid. This was the second year in a row that he whined about not having a contract extension. Of course, Ozzie talked about how he never lied but in the next minute he was saying that he didn’t want to leave and he was never thinking about managing another team, which was a lie. If Ozzie never wanted to leave the Sox, then why did he ask to leave? It appeared that Ozzie was trying to convince himself that he made the right decision to leave and quit on a team that quit on him weeks ago. What Ozzie doesn’t realize is that he had a lifetime contract with the White Sox; Jerry Reinsdorf would have never fired him. Ozzie and Jerry were tight and Reinsdorf is one of the most loyal guys in the world.
So what is next for Ozzie? I can only hope that he never talks to the Cubs and manages them. It seems that all arrows are pointing to a new gleaming stadium in Florida that will be his new home in 2012. Ozzie will find another job and he’ll find a place that adores him and says it’s just Ozzie being Ozzie. At least in Florida, he’ll have a half hearted crowd who shows up when they want to. With most of the fan base being elderly and relying on newspapers, which are dying faster then oil prices are dropping, instead of computers and social media which they probably don’t know how to operate, he’ll find Florida to be relatively quiet.