White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was obviously frustrated by six months of shabby baseball when he went off on his team after Saturday night's ugly loss to the Tigers.
Without mentioning any names like, say, A.J. Pierzynski, Guillen lashed out at his players for watching college football in the clubhouse after blowing a 5-0 lead to Detroit and falling 12-5.
Ozzie was calm and collected Sunday morning at the Cell, and he explained what really set him off.
"From a manager’s point, listen, I have (Alexei) Ramirez, Carlos Quentin, Gordon Beckham, and I've got (Chris) Getz," Ozzie said. "I have (Tyler) Flowers. I have seven or eight kids. The problem we have in baseball is that the people who run this thing, they let players do whatever they want to do, and that’s why they do whatever they (bleeping) want to do.
"My job is to teach those kids that’s not the way to do it. I never tell my players what to do or how to prepare yourself, but when you lose a game and all of a sudden you look around and they are watching another thing, that means you are teaching the kids: ‘Don’t worry about it, this is the big leagues. If we lose a game, who cares? We are out of the pennant race.’
"No, it’s my job and I criticize everybody because a lot of people say baseball's change. No. People who run this game make baseball change. I’m very old school with a new era of baseball.
"I have to teach these kids it’s not the way we should handle this stuff. If I let that thing go away, then I don’t have the power and the right to tell the kids in the future what to do because it was like, ‘Well, two years ago, you let
them do it.’
"My plan is to see those kids grow up and manage the White Sox for a little while. Believe me, anyone who is going to play for this organization, they are going to learn how to be a professional and how to handle things the right way. I see it around the game, players do whatever they want to do."