Ozzie Guillen is a fucking asshole. I know at this point, I sound like all of my fellow Cuban Americans here in Miami up in arms about his mancrush on Fidel Castro but my story with Ozzie goes back 21 years. This story is beyond Castro. It’s about a grown man/public figure being a total asshole to a 10 year old kid asking for an autograph.
Here’s my story:
My dad coached/mentored former MLB pitcher Alex Fernandez in his youth and he’s been a close family friend ever since. Alex is a great guy and when he pitched for the Chicago White Sox, we’d visit him and he’d bring us into the locker room to meet the players. This is obviously the coolest thing to a 10 year old kid getting the opportunity to meet Bo Jackson, Robin Ventura, Frank Thomas and an aging Carlon Fisk. Ozzie Guillen was the only guy that was a total prick. He was an obnoxious loudmouth that didn’t shut up. It was obvious that the other players didn’t care for him. Regardless of this fact, I went up to him to ask for an autograph. He refused and I walked back to Alex disappointed (he later got me one).
A few months alter, my family was in NYC to see Alex play against the Yankees. I’ll never forget that Alex brought me into the dug out of Yankees Stadium to get an insider’s tour of “The House That Babe Built” and to meet the players. Everybody was so nice EXCEPT for Ozzie Guillen. Still a major league prick. He started yelling at me and told Alex he that can’t bring in non-family members. He looked me in the eye and told me that the locker room wasn’t “fucking Disneyworld” and to get the fuck out of there. I’ll never forget those words.
When I got back to Miami, I went into my closet and I threw my autographed baseball card into the trash. I couldn’t believe what a world-class asshole could do that to a fan.
Fast forward 21 years, he’s coaching my hometown team and spewing his love for Fidel Castro. It’s amazing that he’s still a low class pig after all this time.