Marlins’ Guillen says adios to Twitter
ATLANTA (MCT) — Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said he’s done with Twitter.
The outspoken 48-year old explained why before Thursday’s game against the Braves. “I hate Twitter. Everybody who follows me can (expletive) their pants,” Guillen said.
“Don’t follow me anymore. It’s a stupid thing. I never made any money on that. When you speak Spanish, you speak Spanish. When you speak English (people say) ‘you don’t know how to spell English.’ Get a real job. Get a life. I don’t make money out of that. I’m done.”
Were people on Twitter sending Guillen nasty messages? “People are nasty,” Guillen said. “I don’t need that. I don’t need the aggravation. So many nasty people. They don’t have nothing better to do.
“I’m not Kim Kardashian. I don’t sell anything in my life to have a Twitter. I tweeted yesterday about my friend dying. I hadn’t tweeted in three months. I don’t tweet anymore. Follow somebody else. Follow LoMo (Marlins leftfielder Logan Morrison). It’s more fun. LoMo got better stuff than me.”
Guillen has 230,926 followers on Twitter. But he has been relatively quiet of late. After getting suspended last month for five games because of comments he made in a Time magazine article related to Fidel Castro, Guillen went more than a month without posting on the social network before returning last week.
Guillen’s tweets this past week included him wishing bench coach Joey Cora a happy birthday and condolences to the family of former White Sox pitcher Kevin Hickey, who passed away Wednesday.
About four hours before the start of the Marlins-Braves game Thursday, Guillen posted this on his Twitter page: “My last tweet. me ultimo tweet buena suerte.”
Last year, Guillen was suspended for two games and fined an undisclosed amount for comments made via Twitter following his ejection and for on-field actions during a game against the Yankees.
It was the first time baseball has penalized a player, coach or manager for use of the social networking site during a game.
Guillen said he plans to maintain his website ozzieguillen.com. “I get paid for the website,” he said. “Everything that makes me money I will do it. Free things? Nothing.”