It’s official: Ozzie Guillen is bringing his sideshow to South Florida. The media can’t wait for him to get started.
Miami Herald scribe Israel Gutierrez saw his hiring as a sign than the Marlins franchise really wants to win. Why else would the front office compromise its comfort zone is such spectacular fashion?
They’re bringing in a manager in Ozzie Guillen who litters every sentence he speaks with words inappropriate for children or network TV. They’re bringing in a leader of men who just Monday said money is what drives him, not silly, worthless championship rings, and he wanted to manage for an organization that would pay him enough money to buy a 62-foot boat . . .
He loves to speak, has no clue what the word “filter” means and has been credited with both motivating the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005 and being little more than an entertaining, big-mouthed nuisance since. But here’s why it’s so encouraging that the Marlins have chosen this man, have chosen to pay this man, to be their next manager in this crucial era:
Hiring Guillen is, at the moment, the most glaring signal the Marlins can offer to show they’re willing to not just spend to improve their on-field product, but that management is willing to change its ways if it means creating a winning product.
South Florida Sun-Sentinel scribe Mike Berardino had this to write:
I don’t care what happened on the South Side of Chicago. I don’t care if the “Blizzard of Oz” finally (predictably) wore out his welcome – with the front office, with some players — because of his nonstop yapping.
I don’t care if the White Sox consistently disappointed since winning the 2005 World Series in Ozzie’s second year on the job, making it back to the playoffs just once in the past six years. I don’t care if he’s a walking insult machine, an equal-opportunity offender, a Curb Your Enthusiasm episode come to life.
I don’t care if he speaks before he thinks or completely lacks the sort of social filter expected in polite society. All I know is Oswaldo Jose Barrios Guillen is the right man at the right time for this Marlins franchise.
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FROM THE TWEETDECK
The Sun-Sentinel collected Ozzie’s greatest Twitter hits.