- The Washington Times - Monday, June 26, 2006

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t need sensitivity training.

The Mona Lisa doesn’t need breast implants or Botox injections.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa doesn’t need to be worked over on “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Some things are just fine the way they are. Perfect, in fact.

Sensitivity training is Bud Selig’s feeble attempt to de-Ozzie the White Sox manager after he delivered a profanity-laced tirade against Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti, calling him a number of names, including a derogatory term for a homosexual.

“What class? What is it?” Guillen said of the proposed training.

Guillen doesn’t need sensitivity training. He is a victim of having a personality.

Guillen says what he wants when he wants. He curses. He calls people names. He tells it like it is.

This sort of behavior doesn’t look good on people like Marge Schott or John Rocker.

On Guillen or Charles Barkley, it does. They know how to deliver a joke, a good line.

Everyone likes Ozzie Guillen, except maybe Mariotti. Reporters want to be around him because he can fill a notebook. Some people build entire sections of baseball reports around him.

For what it’s worth, Guillen apologized for using the “wrong word” but stood by the thoughts and bulk of his tirade against Mariotti, who criticized Guillen’s handling of rookie pitcher Sean Tracey last week.

Guillen, who has been chastised by his owner and general manager, also said he will attend the sensitivity training after initially balking at the prospect.

Rocker said of such training: “It was a farce, a way for the scared little man, Bud Selig, to get people off his [backside].”

Often a shallow thinker, Rocker has hit on a certain truth.

This whole business of sensitivity training is about appearances.

Selig and the White Sox don’t really care if Guillen has enlightened views toward homosexuals.

They just would rather he keep the offensive ones to himself.

A native of Venezuela, Guillen was signed by the San Diego Padres when he was 16. He was taught English by never articulate teammate John Kruk.

It’s a little late in the game for sensitivity training.

Guillen then became a Gold Glove shortstop — just like his fellow countrymen Chico Carrasquel, Luis Aparicio and Dave Concepcion — and now the best manager in baseball.

An obvious fan of the First Amendment, Guillen became a U.S. citizen this past offseason.

It sounds like the American dream.

Guillen doesn’t need sensitivity training. But those offended by his words just might.

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