Guillen Likes New Logo Because Miami Can "Look Like Mami"

Ozzie Guillen was the former assistant manager of the Florida Marlins before his stint with the Chicago White Sox

By Jackie Nespral and Karen Franklin
|  Tuesday, Feb 28, 2012  |  Updated 8:40 PM EDT
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Ozzie Guillen likes the new Miami Marlins uniform because he said that the jersey spells

Ozzie Guillen likes the new Miami Marlins uniform because he said that the jersey spells "Mami" when the "I" is hidden.

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New Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen says he likes the new logo on the jersey, but not because of the colors.

Guillen showed NBC Miami's Jackie Nespral that when the jersey folds in the center, "Miami" can become "Mami."

"Sometimes when this thing closes it looks like 'Mami,'" he said, laughing.

With the uniforms ready, Guillen is looking forward to the new season.

"It is a great feeling," Guillen said. "I think what this organization put together with the new park, the new place they bring up here, I think it was an opportunity for me to come back to try to help and win another championship."

Guillen hopes his love for the sport will transpire into wins.

"You walk around spring training and the first thing you see is two championship trophies," Guillen said. "Not that many people know that, and hopefully we get number three pretty soon."

His ebullient love for the game is obvious. Guillen, who was once the assistant manger of the Florida Marlins, has been called intense and passionate.

"That passion would sometimes get me in trouble, but the trouble is not because of the passion, the trouble is because I am so honest," Guillen said. "I am so truthful to people and sometimes people don't like to hear the truth."

At the end of the day Ozzie says you can also call him a good guy.

"People think I am crazy," he said. "I'm not crazy. Listen, I never beat my wife, I've been married for 30 years with the same woman, my kids all have college degrees, I've never been caught drinking and driving, I pay my taxes."

Guillen has had to deal with many egos in his career, including Chicago Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano.

"He is the toro, the bull," he said. "I am the matador, the bullfighter. Just put it that easily. I want him to get upset. I want him to be mad. I want him to keep his passion when he's on the mound."

Guillen said he respects owner Jeffrey Loria, who recently said that his hairs were standing up on his arm when he came to spring training camp a few days ago.

"I think this man has a lot of passion for the game," he said. "I like that. He cares about his team, he cares about his players, he cares about the community."

Guillen, who became the first Hispanic manager in major league history to win a World Series with the White Sox in 2005, is proud of his Venezuelan roots, and had much to say about Hugo Chavez.

"You know what, I wish him the best because he is a human being and something I always say is 'I don't mind if you love me or hate me, but you respect me,'" he said. "Chavez is the president of my country. Either we like it or not. Either you are here or there. But I don't think we should wish anyone badly. Hopefully when he comes out of surgery, everything goes back to normal in the country and we show people around the world we are very smart people. My question is why he got the surgery in Cuba. But that's his problem. He is a father and a son. Is he a good guy? Who knows. Is he a good president? Who knows. I don't even care."

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