DETROIT – It was vintage Ozzie Guillen before Sunday night’s game, as he didn’t take kindly to ESPN broadcaster Joe Morgan questioning the fact that Guillen told reporters on Saturday that he felt Ivan Rodriguez, not Roberto Clemente, was the greatest player to come out of Puerto Rico.
Morgan told Guillen he was “crazy,’’ starting a series of “FU’s’’ from Guillen.
What Morgan didn’t know was Guillen is a huge collector of Clemente memorabilia, as well as gave his son, Oney, the middle name of Roberto.
“The problem is these old guys think that none of the players now are better than back then,’’ Guillen said.
He then sighted an example, bringing up how Babe Ruth was fat and out of shape, but yet was a dominant hitter and pitcher back in "the old days.''
“Babe Ruth couldn’t even play now,’’ Guillen insisted.
Morgan was trying to laugh it off, but Guillen sure wasn’t.
For the record, Guillen’s order of great Puerto Rican players is Rodriguez, Roberto Alomar and then Clemente.