Ozzie vows to put season behind him
CHICAGO – Regardless of whether manager Ozzie Guillen returns or not, he said he won’t spend much time dwelling on the bitter disappointment of the 2011 season.
His mindset has nothing to do with his uncertain status for next season. Guillen said he finds it healthier to let things go good or bad.
“In my career I turn the page on every game as soon as the game is over and I turn it back on when the game starts,” Guillen said Sunday. “This season, we finish Wednesday, as soon as the last out is thrown, I’m done until next spring training. It’s not healthy and it’s not going to help. What am I going to do sit in my house and think of what I did wrong when nobody really cares?”
There is plenty to think about from the struggles in the heart of the order, the shaky bullpen at the outset and the poor defense in the early going. Guillen said, though, that he has no need to second-guess himself.
“I don’t think so. What am I going to change?” Guillen said. “We just had in general a very bad year. A lot of people talk about two players, but you look at our [stats] with guys on second and third, we never had the big inning. We got second and third, we score one – fly ball, double play. I think that was our problem, every time we had an easy run, we don’t bring him in. I think we were very consistent about that.”
Guillen will leave on a vacation to Spain on Friday and promises to have a mind clear from work stresses. It will be a considerable feat considering that not only was the season a professional disappointment but that he could be at the end of an eight-year managerial run with the organization he knows best.
“I’m just going to turn the lights off and try to enjoy the best I can my family and my time and recharge the batteries for the year to come,” Guillen said. “But if you’re going to spend all winter thinking about if we do that, if we do this, thinking about what we’re going to do, you’re wasting your time.
“My time when this thing is done I go home, get a vacation with my family and I really don’t start to think about baseball until [SoxFest] starts.”