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Ozzie fires more barbs at Harper, Davey

Jul 16, 2012, 10:37 PM EDT

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Ozzie Guillen says Bryce Harper disrespected him during Sunday's game.

MIAMI — Ozzie Guillen loves Bryce Harper. He made that point painfully clear during a six-minute diatribe Monday afternoon. While also lambasting Harper for what he believes was a disrespectful act during Sunday's game: Pointing his bat toward Guillen to show he had swapped it out for one with too much pine tar on it, per the Marlins manager's request.

"I like this kid," Guillen said. "I think this kid is good for baseball. He's going to be better. But if this kid continues to do that [stuff], he might not make it. Because they're going to fool around with the wrong guy, and that wrong guy will kick his ass. He might not make it."

That was merely one of several verbal shots fired by Guillen at Harper and Nationals manager Davey Johnson one day after the relatively minor pine tar incident between the two clubs.

During the first inning of Sunday's game, Guillen noticed Harper had pine tar well up onto the barrel of his bat. Rule 1.10(c) prohibits theRead more »

  1. jesse campion - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    Go Davey. "He told me: 'Get the [expletive] away from me.'"

  2. Schumatrix - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    What a pest. If he's so disapproving of Bryce, why doesn't that chicken s punk come after Bryce himself. We'll see how THAT one ends.

  3. peric - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Wow, Ozzie desperately wants this rubber game doesn't he? Have to wonder if his job is on the line and if they might just be seriously considering bringing back McKeon again as an interim manager?

  4. Schumatrix - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Jack Mckeon's still alive??

  5. greg - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    ozzie tries too hard. if he doesn't want to make a big deal of it, then STFU about it. he just likes the sound of his own voice. particularly when it's spewing vulgarities.

  6. rabbit34 - Jul 16, 2012 at 10:53 PM

    I have my middle finger raised (intellectually) in tribute to Guillen. Does Guillen ever take a bath?? He always looks so…..dirty! Sorry Ozzie. I guess looks aren't everything. It's your intellect that counts.

  7. Steady Eddie - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:01 PM

    Peric, while I expect you're right about the source of his desperation, this seems exceptionally pathetic even for Ozzie. After all the dumping he's already done on this team, what could possibly make him think that Ozzie throwing a fit about Ozzie supposedly being dissed is going to make any of his players care two [expletives] about winning for Ozzie? I'd suspect they'd want to get blown out on the chance it would rid them of Ozzie that much sooner.

  8. TimDz - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM

    Ozzie….You're a clown manager, Bro…

  9. NatsFanJim - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Yep. You're a natural born bully, Ozzie. Reality check: it isn't going to be harper who gets his ass kicked.

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