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Ozzie Guillen’s 10 All-Time Best Rants

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It took new Miami Marlins’ manager Ozzie Guillen less than a week into the new season before he found himself in the mud again. The team suspended Guillen for five games after he stated in a Time magazine interview that he admired Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Guillen apologized on Tuesday. He’s done a lot of that over the years, dating back to his time in Chicago when he made a name for himself as a World Series-winning manager with the White Sox and as the source of many controversial remarks.

Here’s a look back at some of Ozzie’s greatest hits:

August 4, 2011

Ozzie vs. Sean Penn

What he said: “He is a loser…When you say our country is in good shape when it’s not.” “Who are you to talk about Venezuela?”

July 20, 2011

Ozzie vs. White Sox players

Ozzie Guillen
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What he said: “A lot of people say I talk s— because I have to talk s—. No, I don’t. I talk s— because what I see; that’s all I see. Very bad. Nothing against (Bruce) Chen. Nothing against the Kansas City pitching staff. They’re good. They got a young ballclub. The way we go about our business here, horse s—. They can say whatever they want to say.”

August 3, 2010

Ozzie vs. Major League Baseball

Japan
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What he said: “I say, why do we have Japanese interpreters and we don’t have a Spanish one. I always say that. Why do they have that privilege and we don’t?” Don’t take this wrong, but they take advantage of us. We bring a Japanese player and they are very good and they bring all these privileges to them. We bring a Dominican kid … go to the minor leagues, good luck. Good luck. And it’s always going to be like that. It’s never going to change. But that’s the way it is.”

May 26, 2010

Ozzie vs. umpire Joe West

What he said: “I don’t think he has the right and the power to let people know who is the chief on the field. We know he has to control the game, we know he has to control all the s—, but in the meanwhile, I don’t think it was the right thing to do, like we balked him while we were on the field. Joe has been like that for a lot of years, and he’s always going to be like this. I’m not going to change it, nobody is going to change it, but sometimes he thinks f—ing people pay to watch him f—ing umpire.”

May 4, 2010

Ozzie vs. his doubters

Ozzie Guillen
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What he said: “I’m not going to quit. I’m not a quitter. When I want to quit, I’ll do a lot of stupid things and make sure they fire me and get paid.”

September 26, 2009

Ozzie vs. White Sox players

Ozzie Guillen
Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images

What he said: “Very embarrassing. Not because we’re out of the pennant race… It’s a bunch of [bleeps] out there watching football games like a piece of [bleep] with no pride the way they [bleep] play, and that’s embarrassing. … I’m not in a pennant race, but at least I have some pride… When you go out there and you turn your TV on and watch stupid-ass football when those [bleep] football players don’t give a [bleep] about you, that’s embarrassing.”

August 29, 2009

Ozzie vs. White Sox players

Little League
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What he said: “I was looking at the Little League game this morning, and they were playing better than we did. It was more fun. It gets to the point where you are a veteran player and I have a lot of respect for them, and you appreciate what they do for you in the past, but this is not major league baseball, sorry.”

June 28, 2009

Ozzie vs. Cubs fans

What he said: “Because our fans are not stupid like Cubs fans. They know we’re [bleep]. … Wrigley Field is just a bar.”

August 30, 2008

Ozzie vs. Dustin Pedroia

Pedroia
Rob Carr, Getty Images

What he said: “I never thought I would walk a jockey. I must be the worst manager in the history of baseball right now, walking a guy that just came from being on the top of Big Brown to beat the White Sox… To go from the Kentucky Derby to the Boston Red Sox ballpark and perform, that’s amazing.”

August 9, 2004

Ozzie vs. umpire Hunter Wendelstedt

Hunter Wendelstedt
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What he said: “You’re not even a pimple on your daddy’s ass.”

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