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By no means am I Jay Mariotti-quick when it comes to criticizing Ozzie Guillen. When you dream the impossible dream and actually bring a real life World Series I'd never thought I'd see to Chicago, you can pretty much do whatever you want — whether that means blowup dolls in the clubhouse or getting into a war of words with someone like C.J. Wilson.

However, there's one thing that has always rubbed me the wrong way about Ozzie and that's his perpetual genuflections in front of the altar of Ron Gardenhire and Minnesota Twins baseball, an act that included christening the team as "piranhas" and inadvertently creating part of Minnesota's television advertising campaign in '07: 

Now, there's nothing wrong with respecting your opponent and no doubt the Twins deserved it in the past and have especially earned it this season after not missing a step after losing Johan Santana to the Mets, Torii Hunter to the Angels and Francisco Liriano to injury. However, as last night's 7-0 shutout loss to Hall of Famer Walter Johnson Kevin Slowey suggested further, it seems to those of us in Chicago that Guillen's Sox hardly bother packing their bats for the Twin Cities anymore.

All of that is to introduce this article from the Sun-Times today in which Guillen addresses his well-known manlove for all things Twinkie. Not surprisingly, Guillen says he doesn't care that people dislike him for showing up to the Metrodome with candy and flowers each time he visits.

'I know about baseball,'' Guillen said. ''I don't know if [my critics] know about baseball. Tell the people in Chicago how many playoffs the White Sox have and how many playoffs the Minnesota Twins have since I'm managing and since I was playing."

That'd be four AL Central titles from the Twins in the six-season Gardenhire era to one from the White Sox in the four full seasons Guillen has been at the helm. However, if the Twins are as good as Ozzie keeps telling his team they are, Gardy's all but guaranteed a fifth.

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