TORONTO – Ozzie Guillen is glad he’s not Alex Rios.
As the seventh-year manager put it on Tuesday, if he was, he would probably be serving some jail time right now.
Guillen went surfing on the internet before Game 2 of the Jays series to see what the big deal was about the YouTube video in which Rios got into it with a few Toronto fans last June. In the video, a kid is trying to get an autograph, and then an adult starts yelling stuff at Rios when he apparently refused.
“If you put yourself in Alex Rios’ shoes, that kid is lucky it wasn’t Ozzie,” Guillen said. “I would beat the [crap] out of him and the guys. Because the way they approached him to go to that point, is not the way to approach a human being. They were making fun of him.
“I swear to God, I’ll be in jail right now. Because the people surrounding him were harassing him and I don’t think they approached him the right way. They forgot. I saw the YouTube with his wife next to him. People think they can do whatever they want with celebrities, ‘Oh, us poor people, whoever makes money or whoever a celebrity is.’ That’s not right.”
As far as Rios was concerned, he still held no grudges about the career he had with the Jays, and didn’t hold any resent about the treatment he has been getting on his return this week. Jays fans were still booing him on Tuesday, but the Rogers Centre was far emptier than it was for the home opener.
The only thing that did catch Rios off guard was the venom in which the Jays fans have toward him.
“Yeah, I was surprised about that I guess,” Rios said. “It wasn’t my choice to leave here, they [waived] me, but it’s all good. It’s part of the game. It keeps the game exciting.
“I don’t mind it. I had it many times here, so I’m kind of used to it.”