White Sox Ozzie Guillen was uncharacteristically quiet while his son Oney went on his Twitter tirade ripping Bobby Jenks after Jenks decided to air out some dirty laundry from his time in Chicago. Guillen also remained uncharacteristically quiet about Jenks throughout the offseason. Well, the offseason is over and it’s time that Ozzie Guillen goes back to being Ozzie Guillen. Which means, it’s time for the classic Ozzie Guillen response.
Manager Ozzie Guillen issued a warning to disgruntled former White Sox closer Bobby Jenks to concentrate solely on Boston and not repeating verbal shots at the Sox and Guillen’s middle son Oney.
“If Oney said everything he knows about Bobby Jenks, it wouldn’t be a pretty thing,” Guillen said in a calm tone after Saturday’s workout.
“I respect his wife. I respect his kids. I’m not even mad. I wish I was mad about it because I will rip his throat (out).
Yep, Ozzie’s back.
“That’s sad because it’s coming from him,” Guillen said. “That surprises me. Everybody in this organization did a lot of great things for him. Did he pitch good for us? Yes, very, very good. But in the meanwhile, just worry about setting up some games over there. Just worry about Boston, don’t worry about the White Sox.”
“Too bad that all the stuff we had between me and Kenny interrupted his career because he did a lot of bad things last year,” Guillen quipped. “We lied for him, we protected him. I’m the first manager in the history of baseball to give a guy a week off to take care of his kids when his father-in-law was sick. It wasn’t even his wife, it even wasn’t a (family) member. But it was out of respect I have for his family. I sent him home because he had to babysit his kids because his father-in-law was sick. I don’t think any manager is doing that. But coming from him, I expect that.”
“We don’t miss him,” Guillen said. “You ask 30 guys in there. By the way, I was asking for his phone number to talk him to about it, and nobody had his phone number. None of his (former) teammates had his phone number. That you can tell what happened. But (criticism of ) me, that’s fine. He wasn’t talking about the ballclub, he was talking about Ozzie and Kenny (Williams). I respect that.
“Thank God he wasn’t talking about the club. If Bobby was taking about the club, I would have been everywhere on ESPN because I will rip his guts. But he was talking about me. I can take that. Just be careful of what you say about Oney because Oney will say stuff he’s not supposed to be saying. That’s just a warning for him just in case somebody don’t call him. Just stay away and don’t name Oney for this because it will be pretty ugly.”
“He showed up once a week to pitch,” Guillen said. “We were loyal to him, played him. I was a very bad manager because I kept him as my closer when he couldn’t (close). He’s got to look himself in the mirror. Too bad. I still love his kids and wife.”
At least Jenks’ kids and wife get to keep their invite to the Guillen family BBQ.