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TORONTO (AP) White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen doesn’t want anyone to question his passion for winning and he lashed out at some Chicago fans for being forgetful of the team’s recent success.

Guillen was still steamed about Saturday’s 14-inning defeat to the Blue Jays and fired back at his critics before Sunday’s series finale, defending himself and his coaching staff against those calling for their jobs.

The manager said no one in the White Sox locker room has more passion for the game than he does and that he’d be “lying to myself” if he tried not to care so much about wins and losses.

He also decried Chicago fans’ short memories, saying that “when they’re drunk” they urinate on the display outside U.S. Cellular Field that honors the 2005 World Series champions.

Later Sunday, Guillen tweeted that he wouldn’t say bad things about White Sox fans because they’ve been behind him all his career.

In a statement released by the White Sox, Guillen said, “If anyone listens to the entire conversation or reads a transcript of what I said, they will see my comments were not directed as criticism of White Sox fans.”

The White Sox are 14-13 in May, but have lost six of 10 after Sunday’s 13-4 loss to the Blue Jays. They went 10-18 in April.

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