The Marlins have never had a manager like Ozzie Guillen. Nor has any other team – except the White Sox, who had eight years of Ozzie.
Guillen has yet to don a Miami Marlins uniform, at least publically, but he is already the team’s most visible presence. It is apparent that whether he ends up being loved or loathed in his Marlins tenure, he will be immensely entertaining.
Ozzie’s life is an open book, and he offers a glimpse on his web site OzzieGuillen.com. Check out his latest blog post and you’ll learn that he just renewed his vows with his wife, Ibis, during a Thanksgiving trip to Panama
“After 28 years of being married, I decided it was time. I did it all on my own; my wife had no clue. See, I guess I can be romantic (haha). I guess since we didn’t get divorced after 72 days the first time around (72 days seems kinda fast) I think we will make it this time too. I just want to say thank you to my wife, Ibis, and my family for sticking with me, even though some of them have no choice (haha). No, but seriously that’s my real team no matter what!”
Currently, it’s Affable Ozzie on display, which is the laidback, offseason version of the volatile manager with a huge new contract in his back pocket. He has been exhibiting his good-natured side as he shares thoughts on travels and outlook on his move to the Marlins.
It will be interesting to see how the tone shifts as the pressure amps up during the season. Checking through the archives of his posts from last season with the White Sox, he kept his posts on the upbeat side, though he did observe, “It’s easier to blog when we win.”
Perhaps venting frustrations in media sessions enables him to leave it at the ballpark. May also help in maintaining domestic tranquility for 28 years.
The photo section of his site has some shots from a recent session with ESPN The Magazine at his home in Chicago, including Ozzie grilling and playing the bongos.
A sneak peek at the cover shows him sharing a kiss with his English bulldog DH. According to a tweet by Guillen, the magazine will hit the news stands on Friday.
One section of the web site needs updating. “Shop For Ozzie Gear” takes you to a page for White Sox apparel.