NEW YORK -- Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has been called, at the very least, a character. And on Saturday Mets skipper Terry Collins recalled some of the reasons why.
Collins managed three seasons of winter ball in Venezuela in the late '80's and early '90's, and Guillen was his shortstop for two of them.
"He is the same guy as he was then," Collins said. "Fun loving, played with tremendous enthusiasm and flair. Never stopped talking, he talked the entire time he played. Talked to the opponents, talked to his teammates, talked to the umpires. He was a riot to have around.
"He's like Jose [Reyes], that's why I'm sure he loves Jose. He loved playing, he loved to be out there. He did some wild stuff. He slid into second one time, they called him out so he picked up the bag and went into the clubhouse."