Apparently looking to snuff out what potentially could turn into an escalating "he-said, she-said" back and forth between Ozzie Guillen and current members of the White Sox, chairman Jerry Reinsdorf issued issued the following statement on Monday regarding the departure of Ozzie Guillen as manager last September 26.
"Regarding Ozzie Guillen's departure as White Sox manager last September, I want to make it clear that he left with our organization's blessing and at my urging. Ozzie told me he wanted to finish out the year, the Marlins really wanted him in Miami for the conclusion of the season, and I told him that he had no choice but to go given the excitement surrounding the opening of their new stadium and the unveiling of their new uniforms. Ozzie needed to be in Miami at the end of the season for the Marlins.
"We will always be grateful for the 21 seasons Ozzie spent in a White Sox uniform as a player and coach, especially his role in helping us win the 2005 World Series championship. We wish him nothing but the best."
White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy recently implied during a radio interview that Guillen quit on the team with two games left in the season. Peavy, plodding his way toward the end of the season with a tired shoulder, was uneasy with the insinuation that he quit with three seasons left.
Guillen fired off a series of tweets last week suggesting he would have his say before long:
"When i get to chitown lets make one thing clear what happen last day whit the sox stay tune"
"I am out the country now but i never quit in anything yes be ready when i talk going to be fun"
"I will kill peoples fellings no mercy i turn the page but they no let me a long then get ready going to be bad"
"People want me to look bad but I so honest i wiil say the real true put u seat belt on"
With two games left in the season, the Sox announced that Guillen would be let out of the final year of his contract.