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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Ozzie Guillen has issue with pine tar on ‘unprofessional’ Bryce Harper’s bat

And as soon as Tim McClelland finally gets to his strike call…get him on the case!

In the top of the fourth inning Sunday afternoon, Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen picked up a bat and started screaming across the diamond from his dugout on the third-base side. It appeared he was motioning something with the bat and muttered several obsenities (according to my awesome lip-reading skills).

...So what was the problem? It was tough to tell during the game. But Guillen did take his problem to the home plate umpire to complain.

Anyway, we had to wait until after the game to find out, and it turns out Guillen had an issue with Bryce Harper’s pine tar, in that it went too far up the bat in Harper’s first at-bat. In his second at-bat, Harper took out a different piece of lumber and held it out while smiling—as if to say “is this OK?”

That was when Guillen took a bat and started yelling in addition to miming Harper (in the above picture).

“I could have said a lot of [stuff] about this kid. I’ve been praising this kid like everyday,” Guillen said (Mark Zuckerman on Twitter). “The last three times they asked me about him, the only thing I said was he’s a great player. What he did [Sunday] was unprofessional.”

Repoz Posted: July 15, 2012 at 07:22 PM | 37 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. spike Posted: July 15, 2012 at 07:42 PM (#4183363)
As much as I think the Nats are for real, and my Bravos could have really used a Miami W today, a spittle-flecked Ozzie tirade always puts a smile on my face.
   2. Jim Wisinski Posted: July 15, 2012 at 07:53 PM (#4183366)
When I want to be informed on what's professional and appropriate in baseball Ozzie Guillen is the first person I look to.

I mean really, Harper could have easily gotten annoyed or pissy about this but instead he takes it as it is and remains in a good enough mood to tweak Gullen a bit. Then after the game he takes the high road even with Guillen acting like a complete dick about it.

The real problem here of course is that Guillen is in general a pretty loathsome person. The White Sox are significantly more likeable and the Marlins significantly less so now that he changed teams.
   3. Guapo Posted: July 15, 2012 at 08:02 PM (#4183375)
Apparently the "professional" course of action is to yell obscenities at your opponent.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 15, 2012 at 08:05 PM (#4183378)
Ozzie's team lost today (again), so he's a little out of sorts. Harper handled it professionally, IMHO.
   5. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 15, 2012 at 08:07 PM (#4183379)
I mean, I like how Harper handled it. That's a guy having fun on the baseball diamond, and that's a good thing.

But that's treading right up to the borderline of dickishness - pretty much all of the best Harper stories have him doing that.
   6. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: July 15, 2012 at 08:10 PM (#4183382)
Apparently the "professional" course of action is to yell obscenities at your opponent.
And to call someone a f*****.
   7.   Posted: July 15, 2012 at 08:13 PM (#4183384)
Sometimes I just want to pat Ozzie on the head and go "there, there."

Would this man be in baseball at all if not for 2005? A World Series Title sure buys you a lot of leeway.

Unless you're Cito Gaston.
   8. boteman is not here 'til October Posted: July 15, 2012 at 08:29 PM (#4183390)
I was in the kitchen preparing a delicacy when these festivities occurred, so I missed the live version, but MLB Network replayed (apparently) the offending at-bat and all I saw was Harper holding his bat protruding directly out from his crotch. I can see how that would offend Ozzie, given his insecurities and all.

It would have been even less professional had Bryce stroked the bat in that position, but I digress.
   9. Cowboy Popup Posted: July 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM (#4183399)
Ozzie Guillen sucks. For a guy who is supposedly a character, he has absolutely no sense of humor and has the self awareness of a sea sponge. I hope the Marlins fire him this year and the only time I have to read about him is once a year or so when he talks about how he would be a great manager for X team and the only reason they haven't hired him is because they are scared of his truthiness.
   10. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM (#4183401)
We have two guys involved here. A petulant, immature, boorish, unprofessional #######. And Bryce Harper.
   11. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 15, 2012 at 09:02 PM (#4183402)
self awareness of a sea sponge

I was going to say philodendron, but...
   12. asinwreck Posted: July 15, 2012 at 09:34 PM (#4183417)
Nothing Bryce Harper has done in his entire life is as unprofessional as starting Mark Kotsay at DH.
   13. BurlyBuehrle Posted: July 15, 2012 at 10:08 PM (#4183428)
Nothing Bryce Harper has done in his entire life is as unprofessional as starting Mark Kotsay at DH.


But Jim Thome was so not versatile!
   14. TerpNats Posted: July 15, 2012 at 10:57 PM (#4183460)
Guillen? That's a clown manager, bro.
   15. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 15, 2012 at 11:16 PM (#4183471)
You know, almost every time I have ever heard anyone describe anything as "unprofessional" it has immediately filled me with a strong desire to slap that person into submission.
   16. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 16, 2012 at 12:01 AM (#4183503)
Are there still people who think Ozzie really does this stuff to take the attention away from his oft-struggling teams and not just because he's an ####### who loves to stir up drama?
   17. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 16, 2012 at 12:57 AM (#4183529)
You guys talk about it like it's a bad thing. I for one greatly enjoy the entertainment value of having at least one or two bona fide ######## running teams.
   18.   Posted: July 16, 2012 at 01:04 AM (#4183533)
It takes a lot to be less mature and less professional than a 19 year old millionaire athletr, but here we are...

I used to think that zeth, but the truth is that ozzie just isn't very entertaining. He's not funny, he's not interesting or creative. He is just a puerile twatbag who craves media attention.
   19. madvillain Posted: July 16, 2012 at 01:16 AM (#4183540)

Are there still people who think Ozzie really does this stuff to take the attention away from his oft-struggling teams and not just because he's an ####### who loves to stir up drama?


I've been a long time Ozzie apologist. My pops liked him in his playing days, thus I liked him. He won my favorite team a world series and for awhile there, most of what he said was more insightful than offensive or mean.

Then he stopped winning and became vindictive and petty. At the end of the day I think Ozzie is harmless and probably comes out somewhere on the right side of the ledger on the nebulous, impossible question of "is he a good person?".

That said, he's not aging well, and is getting more filled with piss and vigegar with each loss, each camera zoomed in on his flapping jaws. He should retire gracefully and take a quiet 250k a year job as a MLB pundit -- but his ego will never let him.
   20. Tuque Posted: July 16, 2012 at 01:29 AM (#4183544)
Harper, since coming to the majors, has been an absolute PR genius. Strasburg did a good job of remaining quiet and nice, but Harper has been manipulating the public into thinking he's the next baseball messiah. He's impeccable. It's kind of amazing.
   21. Lassus Posted: July 16, 2012 at 07:37 AM (#4183582)
Harper, since coming to the majors, has been an absolute PR genius. Strasburg did a good job of remaining quiet and nice, but Harper has been manipulating the public into thinking he's the next baseball messiah. He's impeccable. It's kind of amazing.

"Hi, I'm Bryce Harper. Dude, I GOTTA tell you about Delta Airlines."
   22. The Robby Hammock District (Dan Lee) Posted: July 16, 2012 at 07:42 AM (#4183584)
"Continental is a clown airline, bro."
   23. Rickey! On a blog from 1998. With the candlestick. Posted: July 16, 2012 at 08:19 AM (#4183600)
"Hi, I'm Bryce Harper. Dude, I GOTTA tell you about Delta Airlines."


Exactly.
   24. Bob Meta-Meusel Posted: July 16, 2012 at 09:04 AM (#4183624)
Can we get a comment from George Brett about this?
   25. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: July 16, 2012 at 09:09 AM (#4183629)
I used to think that zeth, but the truth is that ozzie just isn't very entertaining. He's not funny, he's not interesting or creative. He is just a puerile twatbag who craves media attention.


I can't disagree. I just like having villains. Competent villains would be better, but beggars can't be choosers.
   26. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: July 16, 2012 at 09:14 AM (#4183632)
That said, he's not aging well, and is getting more filled with piss and vigegar with each loss, each camera zoomed in on his flapping jaws. He should retire gracefully and take a quiet 250k a year job as a MLB pundit -- but his ego will never let him.
Those aren't the only liquids he fills himself with after each loss.

Or, in other words, Ozzie Guillen is an alcoholic. It's not terribly surprising to see an addict go from the guy who's fun every now and again to the guy who needs to shut the hell up and go away. Sad, but not terribly surprising.
   27. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: July 16, 2012 at 09:17 AM (#4183634)

Are there still people who think Ozzie really does this stuff to take the attention away from his oft-struggling teams and not just because he's an ####### who loves to stir up drama?


I'd gladly trade Valentine for Guillen.

Although, now that I think about it, Guillen did run Magglio Ordonez out of Chicago. Damnit.
   28. A big pile of nonsense (gef the talking mongoose) Posted: July 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM (#4183707)
the guy who needs to shut the hell up and go away.


Take it to the Bill James/Paterno thread.
   29. Esoteric Posted: July 16, 2012 at 11:15 AM (#4183731)
Classless punk Bryce Harper on Ozzie's tantrum yesterday:
“He battles for his team, and that’s the type of manager Ozzie is,” Harper said. “He’s a great manager to play for. He’s going to battle for you, no matter what. That’s a manager you want to play for.”
   30. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: July 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM (#4183745)
We live in such a cynical world that you're skeptical about his sincerity, but thus far, Harper has shown he at least knows how to provide the "right" answers to potential media circus fodder.
   31. phredbird Posted: July 16, 2012 at 04:26 PM (#4184164)
Or, in other words, Ozzie Guillen is an alcoholic.


i've been wondering about this too. his comments on the subject are not comforting at all if you are sympathetic to him as a manager. he looks and sounds like he's going from functioning alchoholic to just plain alcoholic.
   32. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: July 16, 2012 at 04:40 PM (#4184175)
To make it even more fun, the level-headed Carlos Zambrano starts for the Marlins tonight. Better stay loose, Bryce.

Harper handled it extremely well. Guillen looks less and less like the fun, irreverent guy the media played him up to be when he was successful, and more and more like Patrick Bateman in American Psycho.
   33. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: July 16, 2012 at 04:43 PM (#4184178)
That said, he's not aging well, and is getting more filled with piss and vigegar with each loss, each camera zoomed in on his flapping jaws. He should retire gracefully and take a quiet 250k a year job as a MLB pundit -- but his ego will never let him.

"graceful" and "quiet" are not two words I typically associate with Guillen.
   34. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 16, 2012 at 05:10 PM (#4184198)
Although, now that I think about it, Guillen did run Magglio Ordonez out of Chicago

And Nick Swisher.
   35. The District Attorney Posted: July 16, 2012 at 09:13 PM (#4184384)
More rambling.

if this kid continues to do that ****, he might not make it. Because they’re going to fool around with the wrong guy, and that wrong guy will kick his ass. He might... zzzzzz
   36. Bob Tufts Posted: July 16, 2012 at 09:52 PM (#4184416)
The similarities bewtween Ozzie Guillen and Professor Turgeson are becoming more apparent eveyer day!
   37.   Posted: July 16, 2012 at 10:03 PM (#4184423)
He sounds like Don Cherry.

Although nobody would let Don Cherry coach a team anymore.

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