In Which Jay Twists Ozzie’s Quote

If Lou is (bleeped) up, riddle me this: Just what exactly is Ozzie? - Jay Mariotti

Answer: The exact opposite of Jay Mariotti.

And there are an awful lot of us baseball fans who appreciate that mighty big difference.

Not much new to report on this morning’s typical tirade as all the usual suspects make their appearance:

1. Soriano stinks.
2. Hill stinks.
3. Cubdom stinks.
4. Lilly kinda stinks.
5. Alou stinks.
6. Something about a Bad News Bear.
7. Jim Hendry’s heart stinks.
8. Some unfunny reference concerning Len Kaspar and Bob Brenly

You get the idea.

But hey wait a minute. What of Ozzie?

Oh yeah, it just wouldn’t be a baseball column* without mentioning the Blizzard. The back page dwarf provides this little misconstrued quote from the White Sox manager:

“Who’s the manager they remember most? Billy Martin,’’ Ozzie Guillen said. “They don’t remember Sparky Anderson. They remember Billy Martin because he was the crazy one. Why do you think they like Lou Piniella? Because Lou is good? Great guy. Great baseball people. But people love Lou Piniella because he’s (bleeped) up!”

On the surface, that seems rather harsh. And the pundit would enjoy nothing more than an angry mob of Cub fans lighting their torches, grabbing the nearest pitchfork and march on over to the Cell for a good ol’ fashion lynching.

Just one thing however was left out of the equation. The context of what Ozzie was saying. And it really had nothing to do with Lou and everything to do with the media. Much to the chagrin of the coiffed bobble head, there was little in doubt to whom Guillen was referring. Read and decide for yourself:

“Who cares about Britney Spears? But she’s on TV every day. Why do you think people give a ... about Jose Canseco? That ... sells,” Guillen said Thursday at the end of a 25-minute pregame meeting with reporters. ”Who’s the manager they remember the most? ... Billy Martin. They don’t remember Sparky Anderson. ... They remember Billy Martin because he was the crazy one,” Guillen said. “Why do you think they like Lou Piniella? Because Lou is good? Great guy. Great baseball people. But people love Lou Piniella because he’s ... up!”- ESPN

Admit Jay, you got played on this one. And no doubt that both managers are laughing at your complete expense.

Along with the rest of Chicago.

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