Ozzie Guillen comes out firing
CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen has put the world on notice: He isn't amused at criticism of his tenure as former Chicago White Sox manager and will retaliate harshly.
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In a series of four messages on his Twitter account Friday over a five-minute stretch, the current Miami Marlins manager let it be known that he is aware of negative comments regarding his final season with the White Sox and has threatened to "kill peoples fellings no mercy."
In order, all messages as written, the four tweets were as follows:
• "When i get to chitown lets make one thing clear what happen last day whit the sox stay tune"
• "Iam out the country now but i never quit in anything yes be ready when i talk going to be fun"
• "I will kill peoples fellings no mercy i turn the page but they no let me a long then get ready going to be bad"
• "People want me to look bad but I so honest i wiil saynthe real true put u seat belt on"
Guillen, who plans to keep his full-time residence in Chicago, could have been reacting to a radio interview pitcher Jake Peavy did Saturday on Chicago sports talk station WSCR 670.
In the interview Peavy admitted that he and Guillen did not see eye to eye after the pitcher decided to cut his season short with two starts still remaining. He had been struggling to recover between starts just over a year after having surgery to reattach a muscle behind his right shoulder.
Peavy said that decision was made in a meeting with general manager Kenny Williams, pitching coach Don Cooper and trainer Herm Schneider. Guillen was not in that meeting, according to Peavy.
"But at the end of the day Ozzie didn't finish the season with us the last few games so I don't know who quit on who. It is what it is and we're all looking forward to 2012."
Guillen left the White Sox with two games remaining in the 2011 season. Days later he was announced as the new manager of the Marlins.
Peavy went on to compliment Guillen's tenure on the South Side pointing out the 2005 World Series title. But he added that Guillen's tenure with the club had likely run its course and he was looking forward to playing under new manager Robin Ventura.
When he left the White Sox two days before the season ended, Guillen said that he had no plans to bash the team he played for and managed. He did not say that he would be silent if somebody criticized him.
Guillen and Williams didn't have much of a relationship the past two years, but those issues were mostly of a personal matter and not as much team related. Williams has made every attempt to avoid saying anything that could be perceived as a criticism of Guillen, especially after Guillen left the club.
Guillen has been known for his fiery verbal tirades and with those he managed to keep the White Sox in the headlines often at times when the team's play on the field didn't merit the attention.
Ventura said on the day his hiring was announced that he has all the respect in the world for Guillen but had no interest in trying to match some of the attention-grabbing outbursts that brought notice to the club.
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPN 1000.