Ozzie the new Billy Martin

September 27, 2011, 5:00 am
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Well, hell, if wed have known that Ozzie Guillen was going to force himself onto the market, wed have made louder objections to Bob Melvins new contract in Oakland.God love Oz -- and lets be fair, when you stack him up again the Wizard Of, the Canseco, the Osbourne, the HBO prison serial and the Raider offensive lineman, hes still the craziest of all.But by going out the way he did, with a full airing of everything that was going on in his mind, he left an imprint the next three White Sox managers cannot hope to touch. Its the job you turn down to handle tsunami repairs in Japan, while staying in the hotel closest to the ruined nuclear reactor.

So of course hes going to Florida, where the situation is wildly weirder. So of course he is replacing the man who traded him to the White Sox in 1984. So of course he explained what he wanted from the team that he is leaving while denying he wants to go to the team hes going to.F--- more years. I want more money, Guillen told a group of reporters. I dont work here for years. No, I want more money. Years, what, Im going to die poor with the White Sox? Hell, no. Listen this is my job. Its the only thing I can do. I have to make money out of somewhere. Im not a doctor or a lawyer, where youll have a job for the rest of your life.Life is about money. People dont believe that. People are happy after they make money, f--- it.And Florida?You never hear me talk about that, Guillen said. You never did. Did I ever say I wanted the Marlins out of my mouth? No, thats their problem. If they want me, they should. F--- it, Im bad, Im good at what I do. They should. Everybody can want me, but its one thing if they can get me. Its not easy like, OK Im going to get you and youre going to come here. No its a process.Now who wouldnt have wanted that in Oakland? Bob Melvin is an excellent manager, but nobody is Ozzie. Nobodys been Ozzie since Billy Martin.Then again, Oaklands done that. Nostalgia only goes so far.