Monday, June 23, 2008
When the White Sox brass decided that it was time to end their time with Jerry Manuel as the manager of their ball club they decided to replace him with a man of intense passion one with a big mouth and a history with the club and thus they chose Ozzie Guillen. In his time with the White Sox Guillen has provided one World Series ring and a whole lot of loud noises and embarrassing quote. Now, less than 5 years later it seems like all Manuel wants to be as manager of the Mets is Ozzie.
After Reyes didn't run out the ball he went Gangsta
"I told him next time he does that I'm going to get my blade out and cut him. I'm a gangster. You go gangster on me, I'm going to have to get you. You do that again, I'm going to cut you right on the field."
And then he went all Bill Parcells on Reyes
"She acted up with me, and she had a day off."
When asked how Heilman handles the boos he equated Shea to a place filled with shit (highly accurate)
"It's very, very fertile ground for growth in Shea Stadium. It's fertile ground for a team's growth and development. Sometimes, fertile ground has fertilizer."
"Fertilizer is a good thing. It's a good thing. You get the greatest results—get the most beautiful plants—when you put it in that type of fertile soil. That's what we have the opportunity to do."
Unfortunately for Manuel there are big differences between him and Ozzie. First Ozzie had a long storied background with the White Sox. People in the city of Chicago were both used to his ways and accepted them. Manuel meanwhile has no such history with New York and certainly is not in the good graces with the typical Met fan. Secondly, Manuel has inherited a team with massive expectations mid season. He already comes with a ton of controversy and photoshopped back page covers of him with a knife behind Willie's back. He's taken the job on thin ice and what he's done in the first week is not cute it's embarrassing. So perhaps he should try to act more like himself rather than some big tough "Gangster".