Guillen Denies Criticizing White Sox Fans

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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  • Eric Gorecki

    He’s lost it.

  • stucky

    stay classy ozzie

  • Jim Piersall

    OZZIE take your TACO cart and beat it,you sound like the guy in the WH,open your big anti-American mouth and then twist it around saying you never said it,now take your ask and hit the road, I’m tired of your BS.

  • max

    if he for real den he at the same as 25 i cant believe he would keep it on

  • minnie

    Ozzie is starting to sound like a cubbie

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