Ozzie speaks from heart with team
PHILADELPHIA – At 4:15 p.m. prompt, Ozzie Guillen stood inside the Marlins clubhouse at Citizens Bank Park addressing the Marlins for five to 10 minutes.
Suspended for five games, Guillen exited the ballpark afterwards, and didn’t watch the Marlins-Phillies play on Wednesday night at the ballpark.
“It’s been tough,” said bench coach Joey Cora, who is filling in for Guillen. “But he’s ok.”
Guillen returned to Philadelphia a day after he met with the media on Tuesday at Marlins Park.
“He feels very sorry that he’s not going to be here for five days,” Cora said. “He signed with the Marlins to manage the whole season. He really feels that he’s let the team down because he’s going to miss five days for something outside of the field. If it was a melee or an argument with an umpire, baseball stuff. Maybe it would have been a little bit different. He feels like he’s let the team down by missing these five games.
“He wants to be here, managing the team. We didn’t go through all of Spring Training and all of the things we went through for him to miss five games. I think that’s what hurts him the most with the players. As far as the players go, he’s very sorry that he won’t be here for five games.”
Cora added that he expects Guillen to be more careful with his words in the future, and not comment on touchy topics outside of baseball.
His meeting with the team lasted, five to 10 minutes, Cora said.
“He knew exactly what he wanted to say,” the bench coach added. “He came right in, at 4:15, and he let everybody know what happened and how he felt. Plus, they pretty much all saw the press conference. If they didn’t see it, pretty much every time they put on ESPN, it was on every five minutes. Everybody knew what was going on. He talked from the heart. Hopefully he comes back on Tuesday, and we’re doing well, and we keep on going.”
– Joe Frisaro