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Would you want to manage this guy - Ozzie says 'Yes I can'

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carlos-zambrano-breaks-a-baseball-bat1.jpgIf the Cubs can't handle pitcher Carlos Zambrano and his antics, there's a manager on the other side of town that would welcome him with open arms.
"Yes I can, yes I can, why not?'' White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen replied, when asked if he could handle a player like Zambrano. "This is not tampering either. He asked me a question and I answered it. I can manage anybody. I can. Why not? You go about your stuff, you believe in yourself, you believe in respect. I'm not afraid [to manage] any player in baseball because I'm going to give them all the respect I can to perform for me.''
Although it might be tough for Guillen to be objective in the case of Zambrano, especially because the two have become good friends and were even expected to go to dinner Friday night. So when Guillen watched his friend have a meltdown in the dugout after a four-run first and get in the face of Derrek Lee, a lot went through Guillen's mind.
"I kind of like it,'' Guillen said. "Boxing is going so bad, if Don King sees that he will put that in Vegas. Those are two big boys. That always happens when teams aren't playing well, stuff, the intensity of the game. That can happen a lot. Coming out here and playing in this type of game with the fans out there, all the media around, that's part of the game. It's not the first time it happened, and I think it won't be the last time it happens. It's something that's always around in baseball. I know in a couple of days it will be fine. Carlos will be out there, and Derrek Lee will be behind him and whatever happened there. A lot of people will take this over the top, but over the years when you play 162 games and you're not playing well stuff goes that way.''
Guillen has become a sort of advisor for Zambrano, even talking to him when the Cubs moved him to the bullpen, but asked about what advise he had for him now?
"Nothing. That's part of the game,'' Guillen said. "That's the way he is. If I see him, that's the way he is and you're not going to change that. Now he has to come back to the team and talk to his teammates I guess. It's not an easy situation, but he will be alright.''
Whether or not the two had dinner with each other, well, considering Zambrano was sent home during the game by Lou Piniella, Guillen pointed out that there was no reason why they shouldn't.
"I have plans to go to a charity event and have dinner with him. He got a lot of time to make the reservation,'' Guillen said laughing.
"A lot of people don't know Carlos. To me, Carlos is a great guy. When he puts his uniform on he like to compete, likes to do well. Off the field he's a different cat.''

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What? Ozzie wouldn't mind babysitting that overpaid oaf?

Ozzie says they are friends. Managing Big Z would definitely wreck that friendship.

But out of morbid curiosity, I would love to see that happen.

Sox Fan.

Looks like we have a taker. No smoke and mirrors needed. Deal him away!

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