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The Magical and Mysterious Oz
Rick Reilly
April 24, 2006
Okay, right off the bat, let me be clear: Ozzie Guillen, the manager of the Chicago White Sox, is my favorite person in baseball. He's hilarious. He's the best skipper in the game. He had only an eighth-grade education in Venezuela yet is one of the smartest men you'll ever meet. And he's done a whole lot better in Chicago than I ever would've done in Caracas. My only question is, what the hell did he just say?
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April 24, 2006

The Magical And Mysterious Oz

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Ozzie: No, no, Joan Kroc. Bazebool player.

Me: Oh!! John Kruk!!

Ozzie: Yes, Joan Kroc. But eet ees naw so cood, seence Joan Kroc come from West Virhinia. So I was talkeen like heem.

As a public service, Kruk taught Ozzie to swear, and Ozzie has taken it to heart. The other day he gave a five-minute speech, and backup catcher Chris Widger used a pitch counter to keep track of the f bombs--26.

Under Ozzie, the White Sox are the Babel of major league baseball--Spanish, Japanese, English and whatever Ozzie speaks.

Me: You have any trouble talking to Tadahito Iguchi? You know any Japanese?

Ozzie: Well, I love Soo Chi, so I know a few.

Me: Soo Chi?

Ozzie: Yes, Soo Chi.

Me: Who's Soo Chi? His interpreter?

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