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Ozzie Guillen is unsubtle.

This has become somewhat of a universal truth these days, along the lines of "Superman is strong" and "The Red Sox can't hit." Ozzie speaks his mind regardless of the consequences, like a modern-day Winston Churchill -- only in this case, Ozzie is defending his players from beanballs instead of serving as the last bulwark of Western civilization. Other than that, they're totally alike.

If you're going to hit White Sox players, be warned: Ozzie says it's no more Mr. Nice Guy. Some might say that this kind of open airing of hostile intent is counterproductive; after all, umpires will be scrutinizing your pitchers more intensely, possibly leading to more ejections. Then again, it's always nice to know that your manager has your back, and that even an accidental beaning will be answered in kind.

That being said, the White Sox are only fifth in the majors in HBPs, with 20 fewer beanings than their ostensible antagonists, the Cleveland Indians. Never let numbers get in the way of good rhetoric.


I am not an Ozzie fan. In fact I hate the White Sox. But I have to agree with what he is saying here. I admire his willingness to defend his guys in the face of a suspension for his comments.

-- LucasDiamond1276

If the hitters are going to crowd the plate, then when the pitchers miss their spot, they're gonna get hit. It's at the point where any pitch too inside is going to hit the batter.

-- KatieLynd

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