You never really know someone until you live with them every day, was Beinfests explanation Tuesday.
Guillen didnt seem perplexed about his future during the teams closing series against the Mets. He even sounded somewhat defiant. He blamed himself, saying, We stink, but hoped the honchos would look in the mirror, too.
Worried? I not worried, said Guillen, who managed the Chicago White Sox to a World Series title. Ill always have a job in baseball.
He left for vacation in Spain. Hes a bullfight aficionado. He appreciates a matadors skill in finishing off his foe something his players could not do in game after maddening game. The Marlins finished 69-93, last in the NL East and with attendance half a million short of projections.
Guillen is out on the eve of a World Series taunting the Marlins with could-have-been scenarios. The Tigers are led by Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera, let go by the penny-pinching Marlins five years ago in one of the worst trades in history. Pitcher Anibal Sanchez and second baseman Omar Infante were sent to Detroit in July. Jim Leyland, Dave Dombrowski and Al Avila used to be Marlins employees. San Francisco catcher Buster Posey was drafted one spot before the Marlins picked catcher Kyle Skipworth, one of many whiffs.
Of course, if you connect on one-third of your chances in baseball, youre doing well. Guillen wasnt given enough time here.
Many are glad to see him go. They call him a clown who relied on assistant Joey Cora to be tactician.
Hasta la vista, communista! read one sign in the stands.
After a Venezuelan TV reporter wearing strategically ripped jean shorts and suede boots showed up during batting practice to ask vapid questions, the typical manager would have swallowed his comments on the absurdity of the situation, but Guillen just laughed and discussed the popularity of plastic surgery in his country.
Guillens unfiltered honesty was bracing but genuine. He made mistakes joking about getting drunk wasnt funny but baseball could do with more colorful characters. Most important, his players backed him all the way. He did not get a fair shot under the impatient Loria. He could have been a good fit for Miami, and the same could be said for the jettisoned Joe Girardi and Fredi Gonzalez.
Instead, the Marlins face instability, rebuilding, cost-cutting, empty seats, alienated fans, angry taxpayers. Sound familiar?
Good luck to the new manager. Jack McKeon owns one of the 2003 championship rings, designed by Loria, the largest, gaudiest World Series rings ever made. McKeon, 81, is available for a third stint in the Marlins dugout.