On the day after Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen yelled at Bryce Harper and called his actions involving a spat about the amount of pine tar on his bat "unprofessional," Guillen still had pointed words about the exchange.
Guillen called Johnson after the Nationals' 4-0 victory to discuss the incident. "It was a pretty brief call," Johnson said. "I said it wasn't a big deal. Enough said about it. It was an interesting exchange all around. That's Oz."
Guillen had a different – and, naturally, more profane – version of the phone call. But he also praised Johnson as one of the best managers in baseball.
"I tried to call him," Guillen said. "He told me, 'Get the [expletive] away from me.' I don't think Davey understand why I call him. Because I was just calling to say, 'I don't want to make a big deal about this. I don't want to make a big scene. I think the kid 100 percent did something he shouldn't.' But I respect Davey. I love Davey. I think Davey's one of the best baseball managers in the game, to be honest with you. I wish I had been with him once, he's a great coach, a great manager for so many years. I think when you're talking about baseball, Davey Johnson's name has to come up."
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