Guillen made a heck of a catch — possibly a game-saver — and then told everyone all about it afterward in postgame comments.
"I just hope all those negative people who say I cannot play outfield, they kept watching. That's it. That's all I want to say," said Guillen, who was just gettin' warmed up.
Guillen's running, sprawling and crashing grab into the right-field fence robbed Mark Kotsay(notes) of extra bases to lead off the ninth inning and helped the Royals preserve a wild 7-6 victory for Zack Greinke(notes) against the Chicago White Sox.
We're talking about a 34-year-old with a shaky defensive reputation and big-time blisters!
Guillen also hit a three-run homer in the seventh and, after touching home, appeared to shout something in the direction of Chicago's dugout. The players hadn't said a word but some fans had booed Guillen earlier for appearing to misplay a fly ball that dropped in front of him.
"Somebody was bugging me a little bit," Guillen said. "Told him to shush his mouth."
Was it this guy (right)?
Guillen realizes his time in Kansas City might be short. He was brutally frank in a story published before the game at Fox Sports Kansas City in which he said of the Royals: "Fundamentally, this is one of the worst teams in all of baseball."
Guillen also once said the Royals "have too many babies."
Guillen has been especially sensitive about his own play since being relegated to DH, mostly, since May. He's seen more time in the field lately — and he just finished a 21-game hitting streak — which the blisters didn't help.
Still, the sassy Mr. Guillen was defiant when confronted with doubters, some of whom in his mind include Royals brass.
"That was a great motivation they give me this year. A message to them, all those people who say I cannot play outfield," Guillen said. "They know who they are. And that's it. Simple as that. All right? Great catch. That's it. I still have it."
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