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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 could've used Baines recently when he called Alex Rodriguez a "hypocrite" for saying he might play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic. Ozzie later said he didn't quite know what the word hypocrite meant. Oh, my God.... You think he was calling A-Rod a ... hippopotamus?

Telling you, this guy is the most eccentric, bizarre and lovable skip since Casey Stengel. There's nobody like him. At Ozzie's orders the music blares in the White Sox clubhouse, win or lose. No phony brooding necessary. He doesn't do computers, either. Has everything he needs to know about a team on a two-by-three-inch laminated card in his back pocket.

One day I ran into Ozzie's boss, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, who is 70 and whiter than mayonnaise.

Me: Can you understand him?

Reinsdorf: I understand him pretty well. Until he asks for a raise.

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