Ozzie Guillen tweaks Ken Williams
Just when it seemed the Ken Williams-Ozzie Guillen feud was fizzling, the Miami Marlins manager rekindled the flames by saying he never would return to the Chicago White Sox as long as Williams remains with the team.
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"As long as Kenny Williams is the GM, I will never go back to the White Sox," Guillen told the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday. "Never, never."
A feud that spanned at least the past couple years of Guillen's tenure as Sox manager seemed to fade when Williams recently told the Sun-Times that he texted Guillen and thanked him for his time with the Sox, which included the 2005 World Series title. He also told Guillen he was sad the former manager left on bad terms. Guillen left with two games remaining in the 2011 season.
Guillen reportedly responded by thanking Williams for the opportunity.
Williams reportedly called it a nice exchange, but Guillen viewed it differently on Thursday.
"It meant (expletive)," Guillen told the Sun-Times. "You know why? It looked like he set me up. It was like, 'Look, I texted him.'
"OK, I texted him back because I'm a gentleman. My family was very upset, 'Why did you respond to him?' But I'm a man. I respect people, and the only thing I said was, 'Thank you for the opportunity.' "
Guillen told the paper it wouldn't have mattered if Williams had called instead of texted, and that he and Williams saw each other at the winter meetings and nothing was said.
The Marlins manager explained why he couldn't work with Williams again.
"I think we hurt each other," Guillen told the Sun-Times. "Well, I'm not going to say he hurt me; we hurt each other.
"We don't respect each other in different ways. And I don't think my family would let me do that. And, to me, my family is more important than anyone around. If Kenny is around, we cannot work together anymore. I don't think it would happen. I don't think Kenny wants me, either. That's easy."
Guillen then tried to close the book on that chapter of his life.
"I thought we had some great years, and to be honest with you, if it wasn't for the White Sox, I wouldn't be here right now," he told the Sun-Times. "They gave me my first shot. But if I start with, 'This is what (Jake) Peavy said, this is what this guy said.' I can't keep talking about it. Look, I know a lot of stuff out there, but those years for me are over. I've turned the page."