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Ozzie wants full representation of comments

Ozzie wants full representation of comments

Ozzie wants full representation of comments
BOSTON -- Ozzie Guillen doesn't mind facing the microphones and recorders and speaking what's on his mind. In fact, he's carved out quite a niche for himself as one of Major League Baseball's foremost entertainers over the past eight years.

The White Sox manager simply wants his full commentary to be focused upon, and not solely the salacious parts of his speeches.

That problem popped up for Guillen once again on Sunday, stemming from his pregame interview session in Toronto dealing with his passion for the job even in the tough times. Guillen talked about how the greatest reward as a manager, and especially as a coach, is winning, with this group always receiving the blame when teams go bad as the White Sox have been to date during the 2011 season.

One small segment of Guillen's speech centered on how fame is fleeting in his particular position and how critics, without any direct mention of fans, quickly forget about past accomplishments. That portion was focused on in some reporting of Guillen's interview session, leading Guillen to quickly defend himself on Sunday through eight separate tweets on his personal Twitter account.

On Monday, speaking before the series opener at Fenway Park, Guillen explained his anger.

"It upset me because most of my quotes, they don't start with quotes when the conversation started, how, when. They only pick one stuff here, one stuff there and boom," Guillen said. "I never get upset, I never get sad with the media because, hey, I have to say what I have to say.

"Well, they made me feel like I'm a crazy person. I'm not a crazy person, I'm an outspoken person. I'm not crazy. I know what I say, I know what I do. In the past, when I make mistakes, I face it like a man. I never deny anything I say.

"In the meanwhile, that's part of the game," Guillen said. "Everything is clear. The only thing is when I read that and sleep well and don't care about it, that's all I care about. People out there, they don't know who I am, they don't know what I do."

Guillen gave another example of an interview he did in Anaheim, when asked about the differences between himself and the more reserved Angels manager Mike Scioscia, who had just won his 1,000th career game and whom Guillen holds in high esteem. The White Sox manager joked at the time about how there's a difference in physical appearance between the two, but then went on to praise Scioscia for four or five more minutes.

His first humorous comment about Scioscia drew a large share of attention in local reporting. Guillen was upset on Sunday by the depiction of his calling out White Sox fans, which never was the intent of his comments.

"Did it upset me? Yes, because it put me in the spotlight talking about White Sox fans," Guillen said. "The last thing I talk about when the team is not playing good is the fans. That's not a good combination. But I was upset because I feel like I'm stupid or crazy or ignorant. It's over with, a new day, I sleep well."

Although Guillen would not criticize White Sox fans, there's no question that vocal fan base has let him hear it through Twitter. That sort of chastising was expected by Guillen from the first minute he set up the account followed by more than 143,000.

"Nobody's going to tweet me about nice stuff," said Guillen with a laugh. "You're a White Sox fan, you're not going to say, 'Nice going.'"

But if Guillen had his choice, he would do most of his communicating with the fans through the media and not through social media.

"I might be lying on my Twitter account," Guillen said. "With the camera in my eyes, you can see my face and my eyes. That's why I have the media and a PR dept."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Being Ozzie Guillen, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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