Ozzie Guillen: What I’ve Learned

The 47-year-old Chicago White Sox manager on winning, his heroes, and what he wants his wife to know

You have success, you can talk all the shit you want.

My mother is a high school principal. My brother is an engineer. One of my little sisters is a doctor. Another is a teacher. When you come from that kind of family and only get to eighth grade, it’s kind of weird and awkward. But I make more money.

I never mind when somebody corrects my English.

We had this media guy, Padilla. He was eating a cheeseburger during the game. I saw him while I was managing. I grabbed the phone, called the PR department, and said, “Doug, you’re gonna choke on that fucking cheeseburger.” Then I hung up. People wonder, How the fuck did you see him? But I see everything.

What attracted me to my wife is she’s hot. She’s also nice, she’s a great mom — but that comes after she’s hot.

I tell my kids all the time: When you’re about to do something stupid, think about your mom. Why? Because she’s the one that’s gonna suffer inside.

You can’t buy a kid a life. They’ve got to earn it themselves.

In the eighties and nineties, people made a lot of money and built houses. The first thing they put in their houses was a gym. In my house, the first thing I built was a bar. The second thing I built was another bar.

Am I going to make it to ninety-four? I doubt it. I’m in the second half of the game.

Here’s the thing. I can always go back to school and be a doctor. But a doctor can’t go back and play baseball when he’s forty.

Roberto Clemente was my favorite player. But my hero was my dad.

My grandpa said one word, and that’s all we needed to hear.

Every immigrant comes to the United States to save their lives or to make money. That’s it.

I tell my kids to be careful who they have sex with. Pick the right woman, because that kid is going to be a Guillen for the rest of his life.

A lot of people think I dye my hair. No, I don’t give a fuck. I just worry that my kids live as long as they can. I hope I die before they do. I want to show my friends that they are my friends. I want my wife to know I think she’s hot. I want my team to win games. That’s all.
Courtesy of Esquire Magazine
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