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s_ozzie_guillen_060623_300w.jpgOzzie was at it again on Tuesday, taking all the blame for a season suddenly gone very wrong in a two-week period.
"I think every time we lose a game I think it's our coaching staff's fault and our fault because we're not good enough to do that,'' Guillen said. "I've always said since I got this job I'm never, never scared to blame myself. Who can you blame? The one thing about it is when one country is not running well they don't blame anybody, but they blame the president. Well I am the president of this ballclub. I am the face of this ballclub. We did everything we could, but in the meanwhile I'm the one that penciled those guys in day in and day out, and they have to perform.''
Asked then if the players also have some fault in this since they didn't perform, Guillen again brought the focus to him.
"They have to perform, but you have to make them perform,'' Guillen responded. "They didn't perform good enough for us and we didn't make them perform. When you lose, everything goes wrong. Why not blame just one guy and deal with it? I think I can deal with it. This is my job. When you hire a manager you hire him to take full responsibility. It comes with a chain - from the owner [Jerry Reinsdorf] to [general manager] Kenny [Williams] to me to my coaches to my players to the rest. I take the blame. No one in this town can blame Kenny or Jerry or [assistant GM] Rick Hahn.
"I want to take the blame,'' he said. "I want to take the full responsibility of it. They gave me a ballclub to compete and I accept that. When I said in April that we had a chance to win this thing, I said it. I didn't see any of the players say it, I said it. And I said it because I thought we would back myself up. It's my responsibility to take it like a man. When we're not playing well, it's my fault.
"If they were struggling it was my job to pencil in someone else. But that's my job and I'm not going to hide. I'm never going to hide from anybody. If we don't get where we want to get, I think I failed as a manager. I do. We spent three months, felt like 20 months trying to get a good team in spring training. We told the fans we had a good team. When I tell the fans we have a good team and we fail, well I have to take responsibility for that, I have to.''

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Ugh...I realized that I wrote "introspection" instead of "retrospection." Introspective is not an adjective I would use to describe Ozzie.

I appreciate Ozzie's remorse. Unfortunately I think the only thing that could make this team win consistently is if they start spiking the water cooler with Ritalin. This is a very mentally lazy and unfocused team. This Oakland series is a great example. The reason we are not in this is that even though we have held our own against Boston, NY, Tampa, and LA, we can't beat the Oaklands and the KCs and the Baltimores and Clevelands. That's lack of focus.

I'm not sure what happened to my original post. I didn't think what I wrote in my first post was offensive. However, since my second post was approved and not my first, the second post does not make any sense without the original post. I'll try again. My orignal went something like this:

I like Ozzie. I think that he's a smart baseball guy. From an outsider's perspective, it seems that most of the Sox players like playing for him.

Right now, though, his comments about the fact that he takes the blame seem a little empty. I'd like for him to tell us what he thinks happened to this season. I'd like for him to be more restrospective and make more statements like: "In hindsight, it would have been better to have done this..." Right now, it seems that it is more about Ozzie saying that he takes the blame versus him having any true accountability on his side.

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