War of words between Josh Donaldson, Ozzie Guillén
Lucas Giolito might have been the original Chicago White Sox person to have a beef with Josh Donaldson did Tuesday night.
But by the end of a long pregame media session Wednesday, the Minnesota Twins third baseman had zeroed in on a different member of franchise lore: Ozzie Guillén.
After Donaldson unleashed some trash talk mentioning “sticky stuff” in the wake of a first-inning homer off Giolito on Tuesday, the All-Star pitcher called the former MVP “a f—ing pest” and “classless.”
After those comments from Giolito, Guillén, in his role as an NBC Sports Chicago analyst on “White Sox Postgame Live,” reacted to what Donaldson did, suggesting that if he were in Giolito’s shoes — or really, in the White Sox dugout at all — that an intentional plunking would be coming Donaldson’s way.
Well, Donaldson heard those comments and apparently didn’t like them, going after Guillén on Wednesday.
“You’ve got a lot of people talking a lot of s— about me, for somebody that’s a three-time All Star and MVP. I’m not here to boast (about) myself, but people forget quick. And I’ve got Ozzie Guillén talking s— on the air saying that, ‘I’d let one go, hit him in the ribs.’
“Ozzie Guillén, you were under a career .700 OPS hitter, man. You were a three-time All Star, and you had an under .700 OPS. My worst season in the big leagues is 150 points higher than that. This is also coming from the man that said he loves Fidel Castro. That’s who we’re taking advice from? What are we doing around here?”
Because every good war of words needs return fire, Guillén responded with some fire on “White Sox Pregame Live” on Wednesday evening.
Guillén promised more to come on the postgame show. But after Donaldson hit yet another first-inning home run Wednesday night off Dylan Cease, the championship-winning manager might have to come up with some different material.