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Friday, July 15, 2011
Ozzie Guillen not feeling pressure

By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com

DETROIT -- Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said before the second half began that he should be fired for the way his team underachieved in the first three months of the season.

It's powerful stuff, for sure. The only problem is that Guillen has already gone down this road this season.

"I don't give a [expletive] if I get fired," Guillen said when asked by a Detroit television crew if he is feeling any pressure. "I'm the only manager in baseball that [expletive] don't care about getting fired. I don't at all. If I get fired it's I don't do the job, I don't know where or why or what I do, but no, I should get fired. Look at the team they give me and we're not playing well."

The White Sox opened play in the second half Friday at Detroit with a 44-48 record and had lost five of six games heading into the All-Star break.

"I think people think I [don't] do good job with this ballclub, I don't mind," Guillen said. "You know what? Every time I go home I feel satisfied with what I supposed to do. I think I put in energy, passion, love for this ballclub. Hopefully this ballclub get better to make me look better.

"If the ballclub play good I'm great manager. If not? Managers always pay the price. Am I worried about paying the price? I never did. You can see my quote the first day I got the job in 2004, I just got hired to get fired one day."

Rumors swirled last week that Guillen could be let go during the All-Star break and hired to a possible four-year deal to manage the Marlins. White Sox management had no intention of making such a move, at least at that time, as general manager Kenny Williams spent the break on a wine-tasting trip.

"Greater managers than me have been fired," Guillen said. "I don't worry about that. I only want my players to make a good run, make it fun and when we play in September we play for something. Not just play to play. That's all I care about."

After the White Sox stumbled to a 10-18 April and fell as far back as 11 games out of first place, everybody but Paul Konerko and Phil Humber have come under fire. Guillen said during the first half that he should be fired for the team's poor play.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.