Bernstein: Ozzie Needs To Stop

By Dan Bernstein–

Any time someone announces an intention to take the high road, it’s a good bet that exactly the opposite is about to happen.

Such is the case in this pointless, needlessly-ongoing mudslinging duel between Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Jenks, which simply should have ended – as in actually, truly ended – weeks ago.

Ozzie: Let. It. Go.

Jenks is now with the Red Sox, preparing for the season. No major-league manager should be bothering now (or ever, really) to air the dirty laundry of another team’s player, even if he left town acrimoniously, or without the grace and gratitude expected by the former team.

It seems he just can’t help himself, though. His skin thin as ever, Guillen feels the need to let the feud percolate right into the opening day of the spring game schedule. What should be disregarded in the manner befitting a leader of men is, instead, perpetuated like a hallway squabble between eighth-graders.

What Ozzie does not realize is that merely saying “He knows I can easily, easily kill this kid in the paper” is the equivalent of doing so. The clear threat implied by the mention of son Oney’s poison Twitter account proves that the whole lesson from that stupidity is still unlearned.

In fact, his statement that “If Oney said everything he knows about Bobby Jenks, it wouldn’t be a pretty thing” gives credence to the popular argument that Ozzie is Oney and Oney is Ozzie.

“Just stay away and don’t name Oney for this,” Guillen warned, “because it will be pretty ugly.”

Sounds like somebody who can get a message out if he wants to.

There is no need for this, and no good can come from it.

Back to the forefront come legitimate worries for current White Sox. Messy, embarrassing personal details long understood to be protected by clubhouse walls appear to be currency for Guillen – information he can use as he wishes, to defend from what he sees are attacks on his good name.

He says he “could” kill Jenks in the paper, and then proceeds to kill Jenks in the paper: dishing details about his lack of close friends in the clubhouse, saying “He showed up once a week to pitch,” and describing the extended time off he was given “to babysit his kids” when his father-in-law was sick.

Thankfully, there is an adult involved. Red Sox manager Terry Francona finally stepped in to shut everybody up, speaking to Jenks directly and communicating with Guillen via text and through bench coach Joey Cora.

Think about that – an AL manager feels strongly enough to tell a counterpart to grow up, essentially, and there’s little controversy because everyone agrees with him.

Guillen must realize at some point that he is more responsible than the players, and more significant in the organizational hierarchy. The out-of-town sour grapes from a former pitcher needn’t be given more weight than deserved, even if it’s true that the team covered for him when he was having personal problems.

You know what? Teams do that all the time. Then they get on with their business.

Ironically, Guillen included in his comments his concern for the image of the organization. “Thank god he wasn’t talking about the club,” he said. “If Bobby was talking about the club, I would have been everywhere…because I will rip his guts.”

“Just worry about Boston,” Guillen said. “Don’t worry about the White Sox.”

Good advice. Someone should take it.

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Dan Bernstein

Dan Bernstein has been the co-host of “Boers and Bernstein” since 1999. He joined the station as a reporter/anchor in 1995. The Boers and Bernstein Show airs every weekday from 1PM to 6PM on The Score, 670AM. Read more of Bernstein’s blogs here.
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  • Larry Horse's Arse

    Ozzie, STOP IT!

    Hats off to our fellow poster, Beverly Brewmaster for an excellent live c.r.a.p. on Friday afternoon.

    • Beverly Brewmaster

      Thanks! It was a great time… wish I could get to more remotes but for some reason my bosses expect me to actually work for my paycheck. ;-)

    • Denver Deadite

      I wouldn’t know; somebody didn’t upload the podcasts from Friday for B&B.

      • Spoon

        “In that segment they said that the station was having transmitter problems on Friday afternoon, but that the streaming was fine.”

        Yea, it was god awful. Every 15-30 seconds the station would just blank out for 5 seconds. I thought it was my car, so drove my other car to the store an hour later and it kept doing it. I had to turn it off after a while, it was making me f’ing insane.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        I listend to the pod of that hour last night because we were in NYC for the weekend…took it from the pod section just dedicated to WYC segments.
        I hope that work for you Deadite.

      • Denver Deadite

        I’ll take another look at it this afternoon. I have the separate WYC feed subscribed to in iTunes, but nothing was coming up as of last night. And I’ve been unable to listen to things through the website itself again lately.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        I just download directly from the website….I’m virtually a Luddite.

        In that segment they said that the station was having transmitter problems on Friday afternoon, but that the streaming was fine.

      • Denver Deadite

        Well, that’s just it: when I bring up the player on the website, it just does nothing. Won’t play the audio, won’t let me download it. It’s very frustrating.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        I hear you….the pods have not been smooth at all on this thir version of the website. I depend on the pods for my long commute…I jumped the gun and listened to the WYC pod last night at home because I just couldn’t wait and also because I had about an hour to kill waiting for laundry in the dryer.

      • Spoon

        Are you using some sort of scrpit blocker that’s stopping the flash player from starting up?

      • Denver Deadite

        FWIW, I finally tried loading up WYC on another computer, and that one is working. I have no idea why the other one won’t, as it has worked in the past. Tried two browsers, etc.

        I wish I knew what exactly was going on.

    • bronzo

      I second that Larry..I heard it live in the car. I’m dissappointed I didn’t make it to McNally’s as i live very close , and have spent many a night there.

  • JoeMan

    Bernstein needs to STFU. No one cares about your opinion.

    • Murph

      Joeman, how would you like to go to Browns?

    • John in Antioch

      Yes, your right. Especially not you who has taken time to read his opinion.

      Move along…

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        Nailed it, John from Antioch!!! LOL!


    When talking about the 2011 Chicago White Sox, what we should be talking about is whether Brent Morel can secure the third base job instead of Mark Teahen or 44 year-old Omar Vizquel, how long it will be before Chris Sale is groomed into the closer’s role, and whether or not Jake Peavy can come all the way back from a very unusual injury to the back of his shoulder. As a White Sox fan myself, I’m getting awfully sick & tired of the bickering between Ozzie Guillen, General Manager Ken Williams, as well as now former White Sox closer and Red Sox setup man this year Bob Jenks. Enough is enough! As former WWE superstar turned actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson always says, “Know your role & shut your mouth!”

    • bronzo

      Well said Shark… as af ellow Sox fan I grew tired long ago of these long running feuds. Let’s stick to baseball….As Dan pointed out, thank goodness for Terry Francona who it sounds like finally put a stop to this …at least from Jenks’ side.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        And that was very well-said bronzo.
        As Bernsie said, Francona is an adult and thank goodness he stepped in.

        I’m sure all Sox fans above a certain age remember Terry Francona as Manager of the Double-A Sox farm club, the Birmingham Barons when they had a lanky RF wearing #45, Michael Jordan. If Francona could have made his way through that media circus, dealing with Ozzie and the Oz-circus is a piece of cake.

    • the hole in Soriano's gold glove

      I thought that was Marcel Marceau’s approach to acting … but still a good idea for anyone in tv rasslin’

  • Jim25

    This will be one of many times that Bernstein bashes someone from the White Sox. And expect many more blogs about what a great manager Mike Quade is.

    • Denver Deadite

      Which is why just last week somebody accused Bernsie of hating all things Cubs and being a Sox homer.

      Which means Bernsie is doing something right.

      • Larry Horse's Arse

        I have only been listening since 2003, but in that time Bernsie has consistently said he is a Sox fan and Matt is to only Cubs fan on the B&B crew…..with Uncle Terry quite amorphous (usually rooting against teams he hates such as LaRussa’s Cards and Dusty’s Reds even though Uncle Terry was a Reds fan at one point in life).

      • big time sucker

        nothing wrong with calling it as you see it, quade while looking like a drugged out popeye has been coherent and honest, and bernstein is correct to call that a breath of fresh air. also he HAS to cover the cubs because that’s the scope of his show all chicago teams, so when he has disparaiging things to say about the sox, if he feels they deserve it, fine, if he has nice thigns to say about the cubs, if it’s deserved, fine. he shouldn’t bash the cubs just because he’s a sox fan, if he starts doing that, then maybe he needs to swap places with rongey and be the host of an all things sox show, but he isn’t so he is acting properly

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Is your handle an homage to Jim Thome?
      If so, there was not a classier player in MLB in the past generation.
      I really love rooting for Jim Thome.

  • bigtime sucker

    i think bernstein pretty much told the absolute truth here, Ozzie needs to pick his battles, Jenks isn’t your problem anymore, in fact the best way to zing jenks when jenks pops off is by saying, i hope he ends up facing our 3,4,and 5 guys and i hope they each take him deep. or something to that extent, tthis is as annoying as anne hatheway last night, and THAT was annoying

    • Bob Loblaw

      I’m still trying to decide who has a larger mouth, Anne Hatheway or Oldney Guillen. seriously, have you seen the mouth on that broad? Looks like she could open wide and bite your entire head off- BYE CRACKIE!!!!!

  • Bob Loblaw

    or is it “BY CRACKIE!”?

    • M. Night Shamalamadingdong

      It’s actually “BI CRACK-KEY” as an homage to everyone’s favorite NFL drug user, and openly bi-sexual, Mr. Keyshawn Johnson.

  • George Oscar Bluth

    Seems to me Jenks is the one who keeps bringing new barbs out, and the one who needs to shut his word hole, which is likely why his new manager stepped in — Terry knows if his new relief pitcher doesn’t get his head out of the south side he won’t perform well this year. Dan seems to think Terry stepped in to end some childish dispute — BS. He stepped in to try to get something out of Jenks this year and can see the guy’s head is filled with a lot of stuff that ISN’T about playing baseball this year.

  • bigtime sucker

    ok ok ok just a general rule of thumb i want to discuss. IMO if a player isn’t good enough for the clippers, why in the world is he good enough for the bulls? i am not sayin he sucks, just sayin let’s put some thought into investing 2.4 million in a clippers reject

  • bigtime sucker

    i meant, let’s put some thought into it BEFORE investing 2.4 million in a clippers reject

    • Chris in Scottsdale

      I put thought into it, and if a guy can’t fit into Vinny Del Negro’s plans, then he’s probably the second coming of Oscar Robertson.

      Right now, between Sterling and Vin stewardship, the term “Clippers Reject” is as much of an endorsement as “highly regarded Calipari Recruit”, which means I probably want that player on the Boo real bad.

      • big time sucker

        nice reverse psycology approach!!! I GUESS if this move buys Deng 3-5 extra minutes of rest i am for it!!!

  • crash corrigan

    Is Jake Peavy still talking? Wow, he has a lot to say and sounds like the White Sox answer to Hubie Brown – although I’m not sure what the question would be, unless it was “Who is the biggest windbag on the team?’

  • Larry Horse's Arse

    Not at all surprised, just a bit sad that the beloved cut Tommie Harris.
    If somehow he could have stayed healthy, Tommie had HOF talent.

    • George Oscar Bluth

      Talent, perhaps. But everything else said GOOF.

  • paulh

    You’re asking the impossible. Oooozie is incapable of shutting his mouth. But, at least he called his nitwit kid, oney, and asked HIM to stay out of it. Krap sakes, be an adult and ignor Jenks – grow up.

  • big time sucker

    well we now know what the bears will be looking for 1st in the draft, a 3 technique lineman

  • chris in hisndale

    someone needs to get on ozzie and tell him to act like a grown up. i expect this behavior from his stupid, entitled, no talent son (who should never be allowed within 500 ft of the clubhouse) but really, be the bigger man, he’s gone, let it go.

    weren’t we all just hearing from kenny and ozzie about how they wanted this season to be all about business, no clubhouse drama? who is he kidding? the sox have a good team this year, don’t waste your focus on this nonsense, and be a man.

  • Chris in Scottsdale

    I should have figured B&B will be out at Camelback Ranch… Dang, that’s far.

    I have a personal rule… no taking days off for Spring Training Games.

    Maybe next time.

  • Spoon

    The comment “Just stay away and don’t name Oney for this,” Guillen warned, “because it will be pretty ugly.”. Pretty much verifies that Oney is a tool that Ozzie uses when he feels the need to. Probably shoulda kept that part to himself.

    • Larry Horse's Arse

      Good catch Spoon. Oney is a tool, and a mouthpiece for Ozzie too!

  • Has issues

    This won’t end. Ever. Boston has to play at the Cell. Sox have to play at Fenway. And it will be a snipe-fest. Expect another year, not just season, full of Tweets. Watch for this. You’ll see. I was so disappointed when Kenny signed Ozzie to manage again.

  • Spoon

    See, this is why I hate TheScore carrying Sox games… it’s freaking 2:00 on a monday, I’m sick in front of the PC, and I have Sporting News to listen to now…. ugh… What a great 30 min show that was… ffs…

    • chris in hisndale


  • pulseczar

    ugh. no B&B this afternoon……

    Has Spring Training already started? meh.

  • Denver Deadite

    Ok, finally got to listen to Friday’s All-Star WYC. They really should try and do that more often. That was great. :)

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