Nats' Guillen sounds off, says Scioscia like `piece of garbage'

Baseball

June 17, 2005|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

ANAHEIM, Calif. - As Washington and the Los Angeles Angels finished their contentious series Wednesday night, Nationals right fielder Jose Guillen, the former Angel who was suspended for the final eight games of 2004 after an on-field tantrum and clubhouse argument with Mike Scioscia, had a few parting shots for his former manager.

"I don't really care much for Mike Scioscia," Guillen said. "I don't have any respect for him anymore. He is like a piece of garbage."

Guillen was booed before every at-bat in the series and had to be hauled into the dugout by three teammates during Tuesday night's altercation. That made the Nationals' wins Tuesday and Wednesday all the more sweet for Guillen.

"I've never been so happy in my life to win a baseball game as these last two nights," Guillen said. "We showed them."

The fallout from Tuesday continued with a war of words Wednesday, with Washington manager Frank Robinson accusing Scioscia of instigating Tuesday's fracas by "overreacting" and "crossing a line" and vowing never to forgive the Angels manager, and Guillen saying that Scioscia "showed no class - he was like a ghetto guy going after a Hall of Fame guy."

Robinson also accused Scioscia of knowing Brendan Donnelly had pine tar on his glove and reiterated his assertion that Donnelly had a piece of sandpaper on the mound, charges Scioscia and Donnelly strongly denied.

The Los Angeles Times is a Tribune Publishing newspaper.

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