Ozzie Guillen would love to be the ringmaster for the Wrigley Field circus. It would be a middle finger to White Sox fans seeing Guillen in red white and blue standing in the home dugout looking up at the booth during The Seventh Inning Stretch. It would be explosive for a franchise that has become even more corporate after Tribune Co. sold to the Ricketts family. But it would be great (bleeping) entertainment. “All my kids ask me that: Would you ever manage the Cubs if they asked?” Guillen said. “Hey this is my business. This is my job. Of course I will. “If I win in this town…I don’t know what they’re going to think about Michael and Oprah and Phil Jackson.” Guillen remembers his role as the villain in “5 Outs…” The documentary which airs Oct. 15 on Comcast SportsNet retraces the unforgettable 2003 season on the North Side where Guillen watched it end as the Florida Marlins third-base coach in the NLCS. Guillen sat down for an interview in his Bucktown home before the Cubs fired Dale Sveum and everyone tried to get inside the head of Joe Girardi. The Yankees manager and his family committed to stay in New York on Wednesday but this will still be a huge ego trip. Whoever team president Theo Epstein hires will think he’s The Guy. “I was walking around with my wife a couple days ago and she asked me that” Guillen said last month. “Can you picture winning with the Cubs? “Yeah I can picture it because I know how (to do it). I’d tell all my family in Venezuela: Get a passport and we’re moving to Chicago. Because I think that would be amazing. Whatever manager wins it for the Cubs or whatever GM wins it for the Cubs or whoever wins that MVP he (lives) forever especially in this city. Because they’re so desperate they’re so hungry and they’re so mad.” Team sources said Guillen has zero chance of getting the Cubs job this time. But could you think of anyone better to show Starlin Castro some tough love? (During his one-and-done year as Marlins manager Guillen predicted the young shortstop could win an MVP award.) Or connect with all the Latin players coming through the system? Or already understand what Epstein called “the idiosyncrasies” of the market? “I don’t care what the White Sox do” Guillen said. “As a White Sox fan they are always going to be No. 2 unfortunately no matter what they do. It’s like the Cubs (are the team) in town. “You got the tape. One day (in 2008) I got mad and I’m like: ‘Why we got to be the b----? The Chicago B------.’ “Nobody’s going to change that. I don’t care if the White Sox win 10 World Series from now and the Cubs don’t win any. The Cubs are always going to be (the team). They say: ‘Well the White Sox won three years ago. OK but Cubs are going to win this year.’ That’s our mentality in Chicago.” It doesn’t matter who’s running the team or how big the rats get at Clark and Addison. This will always be the “Boss” move left in Guillen’s career. Since the end of World War I only one man has managed a Chicago baseball team to a World Series title. But Guillen quickly deflected 2005 credit to godfather/owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Kenny Williams the White Sox executive who won the power struggle in 2011.
Ozzie Guillen will always want the Cubs job
CSN Chicago | Oct 10