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Ozzie Guillen Explains His Hatred for Nick Swisher

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As the national sports media continues the exhaustive search for the next Charles Barkley, Ozzie Guillen fulfills that role locally for the White Sox studio programming on NBC Sports Chicago. Here he is last night, saying that he hates Nick Swisher:

“I hate Nick Swisher with my heart,” Guillen said. “I think he hates me back. There’s nothing wrong with that. I never talked to him. I was managing him. I didn’t like the way his attitude was all fake. I don’t like fake people.”

Guillen managed Swisher, whose only year on the White Sox was in 2008. “It was one year too long,” Guillen concluded.

Guillen spent five years at ESPN, departing in 2019. While he certainly wasn’t bad, he is probably a better fit talking about the White Sox, for whom he played for 13 seasons and managed for eight.

With the White Sox relevant with a bunch of young stars — Eloy Jimenez, Jose Abreu, Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, and Lucas Giolito — baseball fans could see a lot of viral clips out of Guillen this season.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. I still remember when Guillen was in hot water over his comments in the mid aughts about Jay Mariotti. As a defense he said something about how he has gay friends, attends WNBA games, went to a Madonna concert, and plans to go to the Gay Games in Chicago. He might be a little crazy, but he’s one of the more authentic interviews out there.

  2. Here are some other classic Ozzie quotes that would be amazing to hear today.

    2005
    “If you’re not from this country, you should respect the anthem even more than Americans because you should feel pleased you’re here. And if you’re from this country, you should have respect for people who are dying for it.”

    Sports Illustrated

    2012
    “Stand up for the national anthem and don’t be late. One thing that really pisses me off, if you’re not there for the national anthem. That’s the only rule I have. If you can go by that easy one, then we’ve got problems.”

    “A lot of people have been killed to make this country free for us, you should be there for at least two minutes. Respect that, especially if you come from another [darn] country, you should be there an hour before … I think it looks good for baseball when you are in the stands and you see the team respect the national anthem. Kids can see that, the respect.”

    Palm Beach Post

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