Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Simmer Down Miami

Today, Ozzie Guillen got suspended for 5 games and had to to a press conference to apologize for... being Ozzie. 

You wanted him, and you got him Miami.  And this is what you get.  He's going to make crazy comments, he's going to say stuff you don't agree with, he's not your everyday run of the mill guy.

But isn't that what Miami wanted?  Isn't that who was going to lead this suddenly formidable ball club?  Isn't that who they gave up prospects to get?

Now, I do not by any means condone what Guillen said.  Nor am I knowledgeable enough about Cuba  or the Cuban population in Miami to discuss the ramifications of what Ozzie actually said. 

But to me it doesn't matter.  He is who he is.  You can't go and jump on the guy every time he says something crazy.  If you are going to suspend Ozzie Guillen every time he says something you disagree with, when he isn't going to manage very many games.

Don't get me wrong.  Ozzie says stuff he shouldn't all the time.  There's no excuse for it.  But it is what it is.  It's not going to stop.  He's been doing this for years.  And it's not going to stop.

You can fine him, suspend him, make him apologize, send him to counseling, even fire him.  It's not going to stop.  Ozzie can't help himself from being Ozzie.  And Miami is just going to have to learn to deal with it.

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