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|The 'bleep' factor|
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, who was suspended for two games earlier this month for his involvement in a brawl following a beaning incident, added fuel to the fire by saying that he used to throw purposefully at batters.
"I've hit people before on purpose," Guillen said after a game in which umpires levied a suspect ejection in the fifth inning of a blowout when Chicago reliever D.J. Carrasco hit Kansas City's Miguel Olivo with the bases loaded and incited a bench-emptying square dance.
"Yes I have," Guillen continued. "Because that's my job. Protect my players."
I was not surprised by the statement, I was more amazed that Guillen only had one beep during the interview I was watching.
Usually every other word coming out of Guillen's mouth when he is ranting is beeped. It's like he's trying out for a reality show or wants to start his own Ultimate Fighting Championship team.
I wish Major League officials would be just as strict with certain words that come out of the mouths of coaches and players as much as what goes on on the playing field.
Unfortunately, in today's society, coaches or players ranting, raving and cursing is something that doesn't seem to faze anyone anymore. I'm surprised some networks still beep them. Then again, some don't.
If professional sports are so concerned with their image, they should take notice of postgame interviews.
How about start fining coaches and players for every time they are beeped - maybe $50 a word.
It doesn't sound like much, unless you are Ozzie Guillen and would rack up about $500 answering one question.
Have you been to a ballgame lately? You could change the lyrics to a well-known song and make it, "Buy me some headphones and two ear plugs. I don't care to hear that smack."
Coaches want their athletes to be disciplined on the field.
Those coaches can show a lot more discipline by refraining from dropping the F-bomb or other crude words when talking about their game.
Maybe instead of fining those coaches we could have Nolan Ryan standing nearby ready to unload a fastball at the offender's mouth.
He could say it wasn't on purpose. As long as he said it in a nice way.