Well Ozzie’s got his balls in a twist once again and parents across the country are covering their kids ears.
In Sunday’s game against the Nationals, Guillen took exception to the amount of pine tar on Bryce Harper’s bat and said something to the umpire. After the umpire said something to Harper, he pointed his bat toward Guillen as if he was looking for “approval”. Well like most people with a Napoleon Complex when being challenged, Ozzie came unglued. After pointing his own bat toward Harper, he came on the field and started an expletive-filled rant.
You’d think it might have been forgotten, but yesterday, Ozzie continued his tirade.
“I like this kid. I think this kid is good for baseball. He’s going to be better. But if this kid continues to do that shit, he might not make it. Because they’re going to fool around with the wrong guy, and that wrong guy will kick his ass. He might not make it.”
While I find Ozzie’s on field antics to be nothing but grandstanding bullshit, I really have no problems with the latter comments. Harper is a cocky little f*cker who in his young career is already making a list of enemies based on his immaturity (this is the same guy who last season blew a kiss at the pitcher after hitting a home run). I understand he’s only 19 and people need to realize that, but that’s crap. If he doesn’t know how to act like a professional maybe he needs some more time in the minors to grow up, because his routine is going to wear thin.
While I don’t think anyone is going to knock the shit out of him, if he keeps this type of garbage up the game will police him in their own way (frankly I’m surprised no Marlins pitcher threw at him after the altercation), so he better practice ducking a fastball.
On an ironic note, it’s funny that Ozzie hasn’t gotten his ass kicked given some of the shit he does (pot meet kettle).
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