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Viva Medias B's
09-26-2011, 10:35 PM
Thank you for 2005! Good luck in Miami.

DumpJerry
09-26-2011, 10:37 PM
Let's keep this thread a positive one.

There are 10,436 threads on WSI already where people are negative on the guy.

Rocky Soprano
09-26-2011, 10:39 PM
I will never forget 2005.
Some go their entire life without seeing what we did.
For that, I thank you.

Zakath
09-26-2011, 10:40 PM
Thanks for the memories, and good luck in Miami.

Unless you're playing the Sox.

BigHurt3515
09-26-2011, 10:43 PM
Ozzie has been the manager for the White Sox for almost half of my life. I experienced a World Series when I was only 12. But I will never forget that postseason and World Series. Thank you for that. You had your good times but every era has to end at some point.

HomeFish
09-26-2011, 10:45 PM
Thanks, Ozzie.

You are now making the transition from guy who is here right now to legend: in a few years, people will forget the bad times and only remember the good.

Frater Perdurabo
09-26-2011, 10:46 PM
Thank you for an awesome 2005 and a pretty good 2008.

Looking forward to seeing your statue erected in a few years.

Viva Medias B's
09-26-2011, 10:46 PM
It won't be long before the Ozzie statue is unveiled and No. 13 is retired on the left field wall.

JB98
09-26-2011, 10:49 PM
He was the right man at the right time to snap this organization out of the malaise of the Manuel Era.

Ozzie had a real good run his first three years.

kittle42
09-26-2011, 10:50 PM
Ozzie Guillen - thank you for 2005 and for a season I will always remember. You will be remembered by Sox fans for that and not for any flaws that sullied your last few seasons.


Good luck in Florida managing a style you prefer, and hopefully you'll be back at The Cell for a World Series matchup.

DumpJerry
09-26-2011, 10:50 PM
To clarify my earlier post:
Negative posts will be roadhoused.

Lip Man 1
09-26-2011, 10:52 PM
There are a lot of things that I won't miss about Ozzie and his family but I always thought he was the right man at the right time for the right franchise before this season.

His passion for the game, his love of the organization always appealed to me.

I thank him for 2005 and I wish him well in Florida.

I'll be very interested to see how he does with a bunch of kids. That's never been his strong suit.

Lip

thomas35forever
09-26-2011, 10:53 PM
Thanks for the World Series, Ozzie. Good luck in Miami.

KnightSox
09-26-2011, 10:57 PM
Ozzie, thanks for your contribution in giving my 93 year old Grandfather something he thought he would never see before he left this world.

October26
09-26-2011, 10:58 PM
My eyes are filled with tears right now and words fail me at this moment.

Thank you for 2005, Ozzie. I will never forget you.

#1swisher
09-26-2011, 10:59 PM
Thanks for the memories, Ozzie. :tiphat: You did it your way.

GoGoCrede
09-26-2011, 11:00 PM
Thank you especially for 2008, when I had a chance to be there in person to witness the division win.

Slats
09-26-2011, 11:00 PM
Thanks Ozzie. It was a fun ride.

dwitt76
09-26-2011, 11:01 PM
Best manager I have seen this team have in 28 years of being a fan

harwar
09-26-2011, 11:02 PM
I remember Ozzie's first game as a player and as a manager .. like Hawk said .. i love Ozzie but it was time for a change .. good luck Ozzie .. Go White sox

doublem23
09-26-2011, 11:03 PM
Thanks for 2005. :tiphat:

Nelfox02
09-26-2011, 11:03 PM
since he came here I always found Ozzie to be very cool with the fans. with the exception of last year b/c of his roast event, Ozzie would hang out with the early arriving fans the Friday morning of Sox Fest and sign autographs and chat....some great memories


Thanks to him for being a big part of the White Sox championship

vinny
09-26-2011, 11:04 PM
Thanks for the ring and the never-boring pressers.

kevingrt
09-26-2011, 11:04 PM
Thanks for 2005 and the other wonderful memories Ozzie. Good luck in Florida Oz!

DachnoPiitu
09-26-2011, 11:04 PM
Thank you Ozzie!

doublem23
09-26-2011, 11:05 PM
To clarify my earlier post:
Negative posts will be roadhoused.

No need to wait. :cool:

Bobby Thigpen
09-26-2011, 11:05 PM
Thank you Ozzie for some of the best baseball memories of my life. Hope you do well in Miami.

Sometimes things just go south and a change needs to be made.

johnnyg83
09-26-2011, 11:07 PM
Thanks Ozzie. 2005 is without a doubt the greatest year of my sporting life. You were a big part of it and I'll never forget it or you for what you accomplished.

Patrick134
09-26-2011, 11:11 PM
Best of luck Ozzie. The Guillen haters always displayed an alarming lack of baseball knowledge. Enjoy Florida.

hdog1017
09-26-2011, 11:11 PM
thanks for giving me the greatest summer of my life in 2005.

ChiSoxGal85
09-26-2011, 11:11 PM
Thanks, Ozzie, for helping to bring the World Series championship to Chicago in 2005. I'll never ever forget how much fun that was.

You were always colorful and interesting, and even if I didn't always agree with your managing decisions, I still enjoyed watching the Sox under your tenure.

Best of luck with the Marlins next year!

soxnut1018
09-26-2011, 11:12 PM
Thanks for 05 and 08. I loved your honesty. No matter you're feelings on the man, the Sox will never have another manager like him. I'll miss staying after every game, win or loss, just to see what you'd say in the press conference.

kingpin_rcs
09-26-2011, 11:12 PM
Thanks, Ozzie, for some great memories. As manger of the 2005 World Series Champs you will forever be memorialized and connected with the White Sox, not to mention your playing career as well.

No manager lasts forever and it was time for a change - for both sides.

veeter
09-26-2011, 11:13 PM
Thanks for using your bullpen correctly in 2005. The World Championship meant everything to me.

hi im skot
09-26-2011, 11:13 PM
As some of you might remember, my little sister had a Make-A-Wish event with the White Sox in late 2009. She was supposed to spend batting practice and pre-game with Jim Thome, but unfortunately Thome was trading to the Dodgers prior to her meeting.

Gordon Beckham stepped in and was a complete sweetheart. Nearly every player spent time with her, but Ozzie treated her like absolute gold. He spent nearly a half-hour with her. He hung out with her in the dugout, joked around with her, and brought her into the clubhouse for a bit. She ended up with a game-used jersey, a shirt, and tickets behind home plate for a game later in the week.

Ozzie has been extremely accessible and has done some great things for my family. I'm forever thankful for 2005 and the great things he's done, but the time to move on has definitely come.

Thanks, Ozzie.

wassagstdu
09-26-2011, 11:14 PM
Ozzie Guillen is the best thing that happened to this franchise in the last 40 years. This is a HUGE mistake, the wrong guy was let go. I look forward to better things from the Miami Marlins than from the Chicago White Sox.

MrT27
09-26-2011, 11:16 PM
I was Ozzie's biggest supporter for a while and I don't think we win in 05' with out him. I still think he is a good manager but just doesn't fit in on the southside anymore. Thanks for all the candid pres conferences too. Good luck in Miami!

DSpivack
09-26-2011, 11:18 PM
As some of you might remember, my little sister had a Make-A-Wish event with the White Sox in late 2009. She was supposed to spend batting practice and pre-game with Jim Thome, but unfortunately Thome was trading to the Dodgers prior to her meeting.

Gordon Beckham stepped in and was a complete sweetheart. Nearly every player spent time with her, but Ozzie treated her like absolute gold. He spent nearly a half-hour with her. He hung out with her in the dugout, joked around with her, and brought her into the clubhouse for a bit. She ended up with a game-used jersey, a shirt, and tickets behind home plate for a game later in the week.

Ozzie has been extremely accessible and has done some great things for my family. I'm forever thankful for 2005 and the great things he's done, but the time to move on has definitely come.

Thanks, Ozzie.

I have no ill will towards him, I'll think of him fondly because of 2005.

But sometimes it's just time to part ways.

soxstarter
09-26-2011, 11:18 PM
A very stand up farewell.

soxfan1965
09-26-2011, 11:20 PM
Ozzie thanks for 2005, that was a long time waiting. Who can forget that gesture to the bullpen for Jenks. Ozzie has his strenghts and faults, but one of his strengths is his big heart. He was great with players who had to get cut or traded or sent down, trying to soften the blow, putting himself in their shoes. Like when they had to trade iguchi. And he shared in the joys too, like this season when Shane Linday's mom came all the way from Australia. Good luck in Miami, Oz.

hi im skot
09-26-2011, 11:22 PM
I have no ill will towards him, I'll think of him fondly because of 2005.

But sometimes it's just time to part ways.

Agree completely.

TheOldRoman
09-26-2011, 11:24 PM
When I think back, I will choose to think of Ozzie as the guy who stuck with Garland and Contreras through their struggles to see them blossom. I will think of the guy who made every right decision in 2005. I will think of him calling for the "big, fat guy" in 2005. I still believe that 2005 was more on KW than him, but it wouldn't have happened without Ozzie here. Best of luck in the future.

manders_01
09-26-2011, 11:25 PM
I'm of the few Ozzie, but I love ya! I will definitely miss you. Thank you especially for '05 but in general for coming back to your team.

CLR01
09-26-2011, 11:26 PM
I appreciate that you're leaving, Ozzie. Thanks!

mrs. hendu
09-26-2011, 11:26 PM
Maybe it's the right time for a change, but it's a bit sad... I've been a Sox fan since 1999, so the Ozzie years are pretty much what I know. '05 will never be forgotten and for that Ozzie has my gratitude. Gracias y mucha suerte.

tstrike2000
09-26-2011, 11:27 PM
I also thank Ozzie for a World Series title and his time here. Best of luck to him in his future endeavors.

mrs. hendu
09-26-2011, 11:28 PM
Maybe it's the right time for a change, but it's a bit sad... I've been a Sox fan since 1999, so the Ozzie years are pretty much what I know. '05 will never be forgotten and for that Ozzie has my gratitude. Gracias y mucha suerte.

mrs. hendu
09-26-2011, 11:33 PM
Thanks, Ozzie, for some great memories. As manger of the 2005 World Series Champs you will forever be memorialized and connected with the White Sox, not to mention your playing career as well.

No manager lasts forever and it was time for a change - for both sides.

Well-said!

voodoochile
09-26-2011, 11:41 PM
Thanks for 2005, Ozzie and 2008 and for always being you...

PushinWeight
09-26-2011, 11:44 PM
No matter what any White Sox fan thinks of Ozzie Guillen as a player/manager/person can never take away from the fact that he is the only man to manage a championship White Sox team in (most of) our lifetimes. Although I hope that isn't true for much longer.

DSpivack
09-26-2011, 11:49 PM
No matter what any White Sox fan thinks of Ozzie Guillen as a player/manager/person can never take away from the fact that he is the only man to manage a championship White Sox team in (most of) our lifetimes. Although I hope that isn't true for much longer.

Most? Do we have any 94 year olds posting here? :redneck

hi im skot
09-26-2011, 11:50 PM
Most? Do we have any 94 year olds posting here? :redneck

Soltrain is actually a 97 year-old woman living in Texas.

GoGoCrede
09-26-2011, 11:51 PM
Soltrain is actually a 97 year-old woman living in Texas.

Figures.


:D:

SoxandtheCityTee
09-27-2011, 12:02 AM
That last press conference was bittersweet to watch.

Thanks forever, Ozzie, for the part you played in some of the greatest times in my life. I wish you the best. Don't be a stranger -- if you are keeping that house you just bought in Chicago, I'll be happy to shake your hand whenever I see you around town.

thomas35forever
09-27-2011, 12:06 AM
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GlassSox
09-27-2011, 12:09 AM
Thanks for 2005 and your love for the White Sox. I wish you success in all of your future endeavors.

sunofgold
09-27-2011, 12:13 AM
I really enjoyed your time as the manager of the White Sox. You always brought passion and fun to the game. You were the face of this team! We never knew what you would do next. Very entertaining and very memorable.

Good luck with the Marlins. I rooted for the Marlins when you were their 3rd base coach. Enjoyed the 2003 run when the Marlins beat the Cubs (thank you Bartman) and then Yankees.

I will root for the Marlins again except when they play the White Sox in interleague. Beat those Cubbies! And especially beat the Nationals, Braves, Mets, and Phillies!

I think that things will work out great for you in Miami. Give Lebron James some pointers in real life! Watch out Miami, here comes a new type of storm! hahaha!

jdm2662
09-27-2011, 12:27 AM
Thanks for the ring Ozzie. You were the right man at the right time, but it was time for a change. Thanks for 2008 as well. That was by far the best time I ever had at the ballpark.

Soxman219
09-27-2011, 12:30 AM
October 26, 2005 was one of the best days of my life. Never ever forget it. Also your other hilarious statements while you were here. Always spoke your mind. Thanks Ozzie.:smile:

WhiteSox1983
09-27-2011, 12:35 AM
Ozzie is gold in my book. World Series ring was the best, but his character was great at times. :gulp:

Carneyman14
09-27-2011, 12:36 AM
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WhiteSoxJunkie
09-27-2011, 12:48 AM
Thank you Ozzie for getting the White Sox some national media attention. And of course, thanks for 2005.

GoGoCrede
09-27-2011, 12:51 AM
They're replaying his quips about Wrigley. Those were always genuinely amusing.

Thanks for the ring Ozzie. You were the right man at the right time, but it was time for a change. Thanks for 2008 as well. That was by far the best time I ever had at the ballpark.

That game was the best thing I have ever seen in person.

TommyGavinFloyd
09-27-2011, 12:52 AM
Goodbye to the greatest manager in Chicago baseball history. He did what no one else could. Thank you. I will never forget the ride. I'm sad to see it come to this and while I understand all the sides, I'm still just depressed right now.

I was just thinking earlier how glad I am to own your jersey with the World Series patch. Tearing up just thinking about how awesome 2005 was.

Good luck with the Marlins. I hope you tear the NL a new one, 13.

102605
09-27-2011, 01:00 AM
I've always stood by Ozzie. Sad day. KW better get the axe too.

kobo
09-27-2011, 01:03 AM
Thank you for 2005. It will be a season I will never forget, especially that playoff run.

SoxSpeed22
09-27-2011, 01:14 AM
Thanks for 2005 and getting us in the postseason in 2008.

WhiteSox5187
09-27-2011, 01:21 AM
Like all good byes this is very bittersweet. I think that Ozzie is in the discussion for one of the best managers in White Sox history. I think that Ozzie was the right guy for the right time and that he did a great job with the hand he was dealt for every year he was here except for this year. The only sure thing about a manager when he is hired is that he will one day be fired and it was just time to part. Thanks for 2005 and 2008 Ozzie! Best of luck in Florida!

DrCrawdad
09-27-2011, 01:27 AM
I went straight from work to the Sox game tonight, I had not been listening to sports radio nor reading the net so I was unaware of the rumors that today would be Guillen’s last game as the Sox skipper.

I am not surprised though that changes have taken place. I was tired of the turmoil, tired of the drama. I would have preferred to see Ken Williams leave over Guillen, if it was a choice between the two. Glad to have been there to see Guillen’s last game, glad it was a win.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-u8yI0AqUvYk/ToFaCDrv0ZI/AAAAAAAAABk/aeKpVfzb3sM/s576/Guillen2005.JPG
Thanks Ozzie for leading the Sox to the 2005 World Championship, something no Chicago baseball team had achieved since 1917. For that Guillen will always have my admiration.

Tragg
09-27-2011, 01:37 AM
My favorite thing about Ozzie's management is that bad losses didn't linger on his clubs (Lamont's teams would go into week long slumps after a bad loss). the team generally played hard with him as manager. And 2005. Thanks Oz.

Nelson Foxtrot
09-27-2011, 01:37 AM
My favorite Ozzie Guillen memory is the four straight complete games thrown in the ALCS. The top four starting pitchers were the key to 2005, and Ozzie wasn't afraid to use them. Hernandez (incredible ALDS aside) was pretty bad, the offense struggled in the regular season, and the bullpen was great in part due to not being overworked. The Sox had the best pitching in baseball because of the front four, and Ozzie deserves a lot of credit for that. In addition to the CGs, I think 11 of the 12 playoff games involved the starter going at least seven innings.

Can anybody imagine Jerry Manuel (especially with Nardi Contreras) relying on his starters like that? While I think the postseason is often a game of chance, I think Ozzie Guillen played a vital role in bringing home the championship.

sullythered
09-27-2011, 01:38 AM
Thank you to the best Sox manager of my lifetime.

flo-B-flo
09-27-2011, 02:00 AM
.....and buenas suerte...........:(:

sullythered
09-27-2011, 02:05 AM
:bandance:

:dtroll:
Take that **** to one of the other threads, huh?

Mod edit: It is no more, either in the orginal or in your quote. There's a thread in the Roadhouse for those who want to dump on Ozzie.

PKalltheway
09-27-2011, 03:30 AM
I don't care what anyone else says, I'm going to miss Ozzie. I've been a fan of the Sox since I was in 5th grade, and the only two Sox managers I've known are Jerry Manuel and Ozzie Guillen, and Ozzie was a heck of a lot more entertaining. The situation became clear that change needed to be made, and Ozzie had to go.

Ozzie was able to do something that Al Lopez, Gene Lamont, Paul Richards, Jimmie Dykes, Jerry Manuel and Tony LaRussa weren't able to do, and that was bring a World Championship to Chicago. Thanks for 2005 Ozzie and thanks for the AL Central crown in 2008 as well. Still the only Sox manager to guide the team to two playoff appearances. I know many people on this board may think otherwise, but for my money, he's the best manager in White Sox history, and that is simply my opinion.

With this era being in the past, I'm excited for what the future holds. Let's hope whoever replaces Ozzie can be better than him in the only category that counts: World Series titles. Hopefully the next guy can get two!

MtGrnwdSoxFan
09-27-2011, 05:28 AM
Thank you, Ozzie, for doing what no manager could do in 88 years...lead the Sox to a World Series title, and being a soundbite-a-minute while doing it.

Also, thanks for being the inspiration of "Captain Hand" in one of the dadgum funniest comic series of all time - "The Palehose" by Carl Skanberg.

Good luck in Miami!

gobears1987
09-27-2011, 06:18 AM
He was easily the best manager the Sox had in my lifetime. Thanks for 2005. Personally, I think Jerry got rid of the wrong person.

soxfanatlanta
09-27-2011, 07:13 AM
Good luck Ozzie - I'll be cheering you when you come to the ATL

southside rocks
09-27-2011, 07:21 AM
I'm going to miss Ozzie. I've been a fan of OG through his entire career with the White Sox. I will never forget 2005. Will always remember 2008 with a smile. Wish his run here had ended differently ... Good luck and God bless, Ozzie Guillen. May you find happiness and success in whatever you do. You're a class act.

russ99
09-27-2011, 07:55 AM
Thanks for everything Ozzie.

For an unwavering conviction on what you thought was best for the players and the team, and will to win.

For helping making White Sox baseball relevant again after so many years of being an afterthought.

For always calling it like you saw it, even if that call is unpopular or controversial.

And most of all for the title.

Best wishes for along era of success in Florida.

Bucky F. Dent
09-27-2011, 08:04 AM
Thanks for everything, Ozzie! Good Luck in Miami!

asindc
09-27-2011, 08:57 AM
I'm somewhat torn today because I had reluctantly reached the conclusion that it was time for a change about two months ago. That said, a close friend of mine worked in the Sox FO for many years and that person has shared with me quite a few insider anecdotes about the various team personalities. Of all the Sox people my friend spoke of, my friend reserved the highest praise for two people: JR and Ozzie.

Beyond that, I was thrilled when he was hired and felt wholly justified in that feeling throughout his tenure as manager. Of course, 2005 and 2008 were the highlights, but more than anything else, I appreciate that being the Sox manager was special to him. Too many guys have been allowed to manage the Sox when they did not hold any special affinity for the job (Fregosi, Lamont, Bevington, this means all of you). Ozzie's genuine affection for all things White Sox will be missed. Here's to you, Ozzie! Thanks for everything!:gulp::gulp:

eriqjaffe
09-27-2011, 09:05 AM
Thanks for 2005, Ozzie.

cheezheadsoxfan
09-27-2011, 09:30 AM
Like most people here I have mixed feelings. I go back to Lopez, and Ozzie for all his faults, was the best. I got a WS I never thought I'd see and the thrill of going to the Blackout Game. My daughter is like I was after Richard J Daley died. She never knew another manager.

Sure, some of the drama got very old, but it was never dull and he was always honest. I will miss having to put on my "Ozzie ears".

Procol Harum
09-27-2011, 09:43 AM
Like many of the folks here I felt that it was probably time for the Oz to pack his bags (and probably Kenny Williams, as well) but it is with great sadness that I watch him head east into the Miami sunrise. Ozzie Guillen certainly kept things entertaining around these parts and it's going to seem very tame on the South Side next year (I'm not eager to think about what our on-the-field realities might be in 2012). And most of all he was at the helm of the Big White Machine when it finally claimed the Champeenship of the Whole Wide World back in 2005. You may have noticed that this doesn't happen too often in Chicago, and generations of Sox fans will continue to rise up and call Ozzie blessed for that very reason. Thanks for the fun run and the trophy, Oz--I wish success and happiness for you and yours in the years ahead.

rdwj
09-27-2011, 10:30 AM
2005 was great - thanks for that. I also liked that people outside of Chicago actually knew something about the Sox because of your crazy antics. Eventually, I think everyone will look back on that fondly.

24thStFan
09-27-2011, 10:44 AM
I liked you as a player and a World Champion manager. Thank you for 2005. You will always be in MY White Sox Hall of Fame.

Cangelosi CF
09-27-2011, 10:53 AM
Thank you for the World Series win in 2005. That was something I thought I would never see in my lifetime. :gulp:

also thank you for the AL Central title of 2008 and being accommodating to fans!

joshua1024
09-27-2011, 11:01 AM
It was time for him to go .... But Ozzie Guillen did more, single-handedly, to change the face of the White Sox than any other manager (and nearly any other player) the Sox have ever had. Before Ozzie, Chicago was seen as a Cubs Town, to nearly any baseball fan nationwide. It no longer is ... in baseball towns around America, the "Sox" no longer necessarily means "Boston" -- and the color, personality, outrageousness, individuality, whimsy, manners, mannerisms, mouth, brain, guts, style, humor and integrity of Ozzie Guillen is the reason.

Ozzie Guillen has given way, way, way more to the Chicago White Sox than he could ever take away. I will miss him and his Ozzie-ness - and only hope the Sox can find a replacement with half his ability and personality. :cool:

asindc
09-27-2011, 11:02 AM
It was time for him to go .... But Ozzie Guillen did more, single-handedly, to change the face of the White Sox than any other manager (and nearly any other player) the Sox have ever had. Before Ozzie, Chicago was seen as a Cubs Town, to nearly any baseball fan nationwide. It no longer is ... in baseball towns around America, the "Sox" no longer necessarily means "Boston" -- and the color, personality, outrageousness, individuality, whimsy, manners, mannerisms, mouth, brain, guts, style, humor and integrity of Ozzie Guillen is the reason.

Ozzie Guillen has given way, way, way more to the Chicago White Sox than he could ever take away. I will miss him and his Ozzie-ness - and only hope the Sox can find a replacement with half his ability and personality. :cool:

Well said.

soxfan26
09-27-2011, 11:03 AM
Thanks for 2005, 2008 and for making Chicago baseball entertaining (if nothing else) for the other 6 years you were in the dugout. Good luck.

dzipio
09-27-2011, 11:08 AM
I've been a fan for 52 years, and Ozzie was the best. Sometimes the craziest, sometimes the classiest, sometimes the smartest and other times not. He will never be forgotten and the haters will talk about how great he was in five years.
I will never forget the first playoff game in 2005 and the signs in the Cell saying "Welcome to the Land of Oz!" I hope the Sox go back to the WS before the Marlins, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Rohan
09-27-2011, 11:22 AM
Thanks for the wins, Ozzie!

KenBerryGrab
09-27-2011, 12:14 PM
I'm a little surprised at how hard Ozzie leaving is hitting me.

For all his flaws, I love the guy.

chisox12
09-27-2011, 12:20 PM
I'm a little surprised at how hard Ozzie leaving is hitting me.

For all his flaws, I love the guy.


Same here. I think we all saw this coming, but now this is pretty rough now that it has actually happened.

guillensdisciple
09-27-2011, 12:38 PM
Definitely not relieved but somewhat saddened by his departure.

He was a role model of sorts for me as he was the first Latino to ever win a world series and in so many ways he reminded me of the people I have grown up with. Controversial, honest, to the point, not afraid, and genuine. So few exist that actually own up to their ****, drama or no drama, and Ozzie was one of them. For all his flaws, the guy was a man who loved the White Sox and wanted the best for them. Many will say he made dumb moves, and many will say that his weakness is what brought down the club but people point the finger at the loudest one. IN a way that was what Ozzie was always doing, attracting all the attention away from the club so they could focus on baseball while he took care of all of the other garbage. It went the wrong way in the end, but it sure as hell worked in the beginning.

Point is, and I was on neither side of the fire or keep Ozzie debate, this guy is a legend in White Sox baseball and it has only been a day since his departure. I found pride in saying that the White Sox were managed by Ozzie Guillen because he was the White Sox and was as great an extension of this organization as we could have. Whoever we replace him with now, will just be another filler another person who really is just doing his job. Ozzie Guillen was living the White Sox- it was not a job for him, no, it was his life.

Thanks Ozzie, not just for 2005, for everything.

I'll be watching you down in Florida, I now have a NL team to root for and I have family all over the place there anyway.

Bueno suerte hermano

soxinem1
09-27-2011, 12:41 PM
I'll never forget the night I heard of the trade that brought you from SD to Chicago. I was actually more concerned about the prospect of Tim Lollar in a White Sox uniform than you wearing it.

In 1985, I watched you get your first MLB hit against the Brewers Opening Day, and won a bet that you would win the ROY Award against Earnest Riles that same year.

In 1990, I recall you leading the AL in hitting at the ASB, scoring to help beat Andy Hawkins on a day you and your team couldn't get any hits, watching you going yard back-to-back with Little Hurt off Nolan Ryan, and being co-captain with Carlton Fisk.

In 1992, I looked on in horror as you collided with Tim Raines and tore your ACL, then came back strong as you promised in 1993 as the White Sox won their last AL West Division flag.

I remember just missing a catch of the grand slam you hit against KC that sunny afternoon way back when.

After seeing you play your last game with us in 1997 I never would have thought that eight years later you would bring the joys of a World Championship to our beloved White Sox as their manager.

The way you motioned for Bobby Jenks to come in a game, or ripping Magglio and a certain former sports'writer', and some of your other antics were at least amusing, for a time.

Ozzie, you are a legend in this town and I look forward to the day your #13 and statue become fixtures at the place you called home for nearly 21 years of our lives, and yours.

And while I believe this change is for the best, I hope you look back on the joyous occasions during your time here, and remember that all White Sox fans will hold you in a special place in their hearts.

As you go on to your new endeavors, and we move on to a new era, I wish you the best of luck. It was one hell of a ride.

MeteorsSox4367
09-27-2011, 01:41 PM
Thanks for 2005. A White Sox World Series win in my lifetime. Always wanted it, never thought I would see it.

I'll remember when the Sox' buses were riding down 35th Street during the WS parade and they passed right behind De La Salle. I was out there with the rest of the fans screaming my ass off.

Thanks for being entertaining and realizing that speaking to the media is something that a coach/manager does to keep the fans informed. Unlike some people in Chicago who refuse to show emotion or share information to/with the fans, you did.

Always liked as you as a player, still have the Ozzie bobblehead on my desk here at work as I type this.

Good luck in Miami. Maybe you could talk them into changing that crappy logo.

Thanks for everything, Ozzie.

downstairs
09-27-2011, 01:55 PM
Ozzie you were my favorite character in Chicago sports. Thanks for 2005 and 2008. Sad to see you go.

ChiSoxGirl
09-27-2011, 09:40 PM
Today has just felt weird; it's like something feels off. I remember four other managerial changes in my 22 years as a Sox fan - Jeff Torborg, Gene Lamont, Terry Bevington and Jerry Manuel - and none of them made me feel the way this one with Ozzie has. Granted, Lamont and Bevington aren't exactly memorable managers (which is obvious based on the fact that I forgot to name them in my post!), but still... Ozzie leaving has made me feel supremely different than all the others.

Watching Ozzie walk away last night solidifies the fact that 2005, while a great memory, is indeed that - a memory. It's something we'll hold on to and be forever grateful for as fans, but a big piece of that puzzle left last night. None of us will ever forget the memories and magic of 2005 and will be forever grateful to Ozzie and company for that amazing time in our lives as Sox fans.

chisox77
09-27-2011, 10:04 PM
Thank you, Ozzie, for managing the White Sox, and bringing us a World Series Championship in 2005, the greatest baseball memory I have lived to see.

There comes a time when a manager and an organization have to go in new directions. The time has come, and I hope your move to the Marlins will be happy and successful.

You have helped White Sox fans raise the bar of expectations, and you made it entertaining as well.

Now it's time for the White Sox to move on to the next era of winning . . .

palehozenychicty
09-27-2011, 10:20 PM
Oz....I think KW and JR may be proven wrong with this move. Yeah, you were outlandish and incorrigible at times. But you love this franchise. I think with a better management structure, this team would have won it all again, especially in 2006. That year still is a missed opportunity for me as a fan. We could've been like the Phillies right now, a sleeping giant that woke up. But that's alright. We'll see you down the road. Thanks for being a solid player and manager.

tebman
09-28-2011, 12:07 AM
Somehow it's right that this happened when it did. I always thought of autumn as the end of the party: that time when the lights come up and people head for the exits. Winter's coming and the stabs of icy wind will be in our face and we'll have forgotten how much fun we had in the sun.

For me, that's what Ozzie's departure is like. It's the end of the party. Or it's the end of summer and of baseball, which for me is the same thing. So if he had to go it's fitting that it happens now.

I came late to this thread and so many have said it so well already, but I want to chime in too: Thanks, Ozzie, for reminding us how to live life on one's own terms. Baseball teaches us a lot, and something I've learned from it is that it's always best to be yourself. You win more games that way.

For this moment, I think Maya Angelou said it best:
“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Thanks, Ozzie.

LongLiveFisk
09-28-2011, 12:12 AM
Been watching you since 1985, Ozzie, as player and manager of the White Sox. You are truly one of kind. Thank you for 2005 and for all the memories in general. :thumbsup: