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Ozzie Guillen rips Nick Swisher again while telling story from 2008

Ozzie Guillen rips Nick Swisher again while telling story from 2008

Ozzie Guillen isn’t done ragging on Nick Swisher. Guillen took another shot at the former White Sox outfielder while telling a story on White Sox Postgame Live Tuesday night.

When giving an example of why he loves Juan Uribe so much, Guillen decided to tell a story of an interaction between Swisher and Uribe on “Nick Swisher bobblehead night” at U.S. Cellular Field.

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“(Swisher) comes to Uribe and says, ‘Hey Juan, look at what I got!’” Guillen said while pretending to hold a bobblehead. “And Juan said, ‘Ya, you seen outside? I’ve got a statue. I’ve got it hitting, catching the ball when we won the World Series. You don’t.’ How about that one?”

Uribe was critical in the White Sox World Series championship, including recording the final two outs of Game 4. One of those outs-- his grab made while falling into the stands-- is the catch that has been enshrined outside Guaranteed Rate Field.

Nick Swisher only played one season in Chicago, and slashed .219/.332/.410 with a -1.4 dWAR.

Apparently that one season made quite the impression on Guillen, as he declared last week, “I hate Nick Swisher with my heart.”


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Ozzie Guillén hates Nick Swisher, with his whole heart

Ozzie Guillén hates Nick Swisher, with his whole heart

If you didn't know, Ozzie Guillén has strong opinions and that includes former players he dealt with.

On the White Sox post-game show, host Chuck Garfien asked Guillén who he disliked more, Carlos Gomez or Nick Swisher.

"Oh my God, nobody can compare that with Nick Swisher," Guillén responded. "I hate Nick Swisher with my heart."

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Guillén declined to elaborate, but then added: "I think he hates me back, there's nothing wrong with that."

And finally Ozzie gave some kind of reason.

"I never talked to him, I was managing him, but I don't like the way his attitude was all fake. And I don't like fake people."

Then Chuck pointed out Swisher was only with the White Sox for one year and Guillén had thoughts about that to.

"It was one year too long," Guillén said.

Guillén doubled down and said he thinks others players would agree if they were honest, while clarifying he didn't hate him as a person and thought he was a good player.

The White Sox way wasn't the Swisher way, and there was friction.

Ozzie also admitted he might have misused Swisher.

"I played him center field and batting first or second, that guy has to be in right field batting tenth."


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Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen ready to lead MLB team again

Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen ready to lead MLB team again

If a major league club wants Ozzie Guillen to lead their team, he’s all ears.

Guillen said he’s eager for his next managing gig on NBC Sports Chicago’s “Baseball Night in Chicago.”

“If they’re ready to call me, I’m ready,” Guillen said. “I went to the Winter Leagues just to show myself I was still a manager-- and managing in the Winter Leagues is the worst thing I ever did in my career.”

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If it was the worst thing he’s done in his career, why do it at all?

“A lot of people thought I went to manage in the Winter Leagues because that’s my step to the big leagues,” Guillen said. “No, I went to the Winter Leagues to manage to go and check my gut feeling about this game. I did, and I love it, and I’m ready to move forward.

“Hopefully soon, if not I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing right now, I love it.”

Currently, Guillen serves as a baseball analyst for NBC Sports Chicago on “Baseball Night in Chicago” and White Sox Pre and Postgame Live.

As manager of the White Sox, Guillen compiled a 678-617 record from 2004-2011. He also led the club to a World Series championship in 2005.

Guillen last managed in the big leagues with the Miami Marlins in 2012.


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