Can Ozzie Guillen Remake the Miami Marlins?
The Showtime crew left camp (they’ll be in and out all season), and the initial media rush to capture the new arrivals in their new duds subsided. “This it?” Guillen asked one day, when the pack of reporters waiting for his monologue had shrunk noticeably. “It get boring already?” Yet boredom, in spite of the Marlins’ mission, is baseball’s constant, its great equalizer. “Every month is one boring game, two, three boring games,” Guillen admitted to me. “That’s gonna happen, because that’s part of the season.” The baseball season is longer and more relentless than that of any other sport, with few days off; six weeks of preliminary spring training only aggravates the condition. A local TV reporter, dropping in for the first time, noticed the scented candle on Guillen’s desk and asked if it was a calming device or an indication that he had mellowed. “Fuck that, man,” Guillen replied. “I never be calm. I be Ozzie Guillen.”
- In last week’s issue, Ben McGrath wrote about Ozzie Guillen and the new-look Marlins: http://nyr.kr/Hz2CdV