Twittergate Part II: Oney Guillen vs. Bobby JenksSit back, relax and strap it down.
That's an expression by Hawk Harrelson that I always associate with the start of a White Sox baseball game. Little did I expect it would be a perfect way to describe the Twitter battle between now former White Sox closer, Bobby Jenks, and Oney Guillen, the son of White Sox manager, Ozzie Guillen.
If you recall early in the 2010 season, the White Sox experienced what I refer to as Twittergate. At the time, Oney Guillen worked for the baseball team in some secondary level video job. He began speaking out about the inner workings of the club via his tweets. Making a long story short, the father fired the son. Son, of course, kept firing away with even more freedom to speak.
Just recently the White Sox decided to part ways with Jenks. Bobby Jenks was the late closer for the eventually World Series champions in 2005. In fact, Bobby was on the mound when the team ended an 88 year stint without a World Series title. After signing with the Boston Red Sox, Jenks commented that he wanted to remain in Chicago and was saddened and angry about leaving.
The young Guillen took exception. Oney quickly took to his Twitter account and tweeted away. Through a series of tweets, Oney opted to betray professional trust between a player and manager, and aired some dirty laundry. He shared news about Jenks crying in the manager's office, having martial problem and his drinking problem. Oh to be young and naive. Oney failed to understand the damage he caused for the 2011 White Sox. What degree of privacy can players expect to have with their manager? It's evident that Ozzie shared personal information with his son.
This afternoon, Oney appeared on 670AM The Score and attempted to defend his actions. Sadly, he didn't seem to understand the potential disaster that might unfold at U.S. Cellular Field during the 2011 season. To listen to the interview, visit this site.