Monday, August 2, 2010

Ozzie has a point

There’s no doubt that Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen is blunt-spoken to the point where he’s going to offend some people.

Yet much of the bashing he’s getting now reeks of people who don’t want to have to acknowledge a problem. In short, they don’t want to be called out on their own trash talk.

THAT IS HOW I can’t help but think in regards to Guillen, who on Sunday made remarks in the presence of reporter-types about how professional baseball clubs don’t offer anywhere near the level of support systems to Latin American athletes that they do to ballplayers from Japan and other Asian nations.

The Latin American athlete has become such an overwhelming presence in professional baseball in this country that it can’t be ignored – even though some fans seem to have attitudes that wish they could ignore this fact of life, instead of just accepting it as the reason why the professional leagues in the United States play a higher level of ball than those leagues in other nations.

Those people who have spent the past few hours posting anonymous comments on various Internet sites calling Guillen a “racist” and a “fool” ought to think seriously about where they are coming from.

The Chicago Argus’ sister weblog, the South Chicagoan, has more about Ozzie’s latest verbal outburst.


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