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Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen

Mar 12, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT

“Sometimes I think you have to be careful what you say”

Ozzie Guillen, responding to Torii Hunter’s comments about black Latino baseball players being “imposters.”  I repeat: Ozzie Guillen is advising someone to be careful what they say. This is like Lindsay Lohan telling someone that they need to stop drinking so much or David Wells telling someone they should take better care of themselves.  If Ozzie freakin’ Guillen is telling you that you need to watch it, you should probably take a long, long look in the mirror.

In other news, last night Ozzie Guillen tweeted “The wings vegasa yesssasa”.  Seriously.

  1. Charles Gates - Mar 12, 2010 at 8:06 AM

    So if Ozzie watches what he says, imagine what his filter prevents from becoming spoken.

  2. Jonny5 - Mar 12, 2010 at 8:37 AM

    Well, what Hunter said, tells me this. He thinks black Americans (real African Americans :>/) Kinda have more of a right to be on the field. More so than the Hispanic Islanders who are also of African decent and live in the Americas (imposters). It’s kinda sad his brain actually works that way. What Ozzie said was 10x more sensible.

  3. okobojicat - Mar 12, 2010 at 9:09 AM

    I don’t think he means that at all. In his mind, there are distinctions between blacks from America (Hunter) and blacks from Latin America.
    For his foundation, which he was talking about when the quotes came out, he gives lots of scholarships and money and education to inner city Americans, mainly black kids. In his mind there is a distinction and he really wants to be seen pushing for Americans and not necessarily for Latin players/kids.
    The phrasing was atrocious and he shouldn’t have said it. But I really don’t think he has an issue with Latin American players. The word “imposters” just makes him look like an idiot. For his foundation, he targets inner city American kids, not necessarily Latin American kids…and maybe he’s wrong about that too…

  4. Joey B - Mar 12, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    “Guillen also took exception to the notion scouts are afraid to observe African-American players because it’s too dangerous.
    “He said they don’t sign African-American kids because it’s dangerous to scout them in their cities,” Guillen said. “You go to Caracas [Venezuela] and see how dangerous it is to scout there.”
    Wow, I didn’t pick up on this initially. Does Hunter really think that American inner cities are more dangerous than places in the DR, Brazil, Mexico, etc.? Just more of the same from the racists. I spent 40+ years in The Bronx. It’s really not dangerous. I’ve taken my kids all over The Bronx for B-ball. I’m careful, I’ll glance over my shoulder occasionally, but that’s probably more in my nature than anything having to do with the area. Obviously you need to be a little more careful at 2AM on a sidestreet, but the idea that a baseball field in the middle of the day in an area packed with kids and parents is mind-numbingly stupid.
    You know why I can’t drink in the park near Yankee Stadium? Not because it’s dangerous, it’s because it’s filled with parents and kids and they take priority. And the ‘imposters’ in there would be the first ones to come to my aid.

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