MILWAUKEE -- After Heath Bell ruined one of the biggest comebacks in Marlins franchise history when he gave up a game-ending homer to Aramis Ramirez, manager Ozzie Guillen went off in a profanity-laced rant inside the clubhouse. But Guillen didn't direct his anger at Bell. He railed on the other pitchers, most likely intended to deflect some of the criticism away from his embattled closer.
“Make sure Miami people don’t (expletive) Bell,” Guillen said angrily to reporters, but loud enough for players, including Bell and starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez, in the hushed clubhouse to hear. “Bell gave up two runs. How about the rest of the (expletives) 10 or 12 runs they scored? That’s why this (expletive) game is not (expletive) fair. It’s Ozzie talking (expletive)? No. It’s Ozzie talking the truth, about how (expletive) we were before that (expletive) inning. Put that (expletive) down!”
Bell accepted blame, saying he let his teammates down after they managed to rally from a 9-2 deficit in the seventh to send the game into extra innings. The Marlins, even without Giancarlo Stanton and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup, clubbed five homers and scored a season-high 12 runs. Before Tuesday, they were the only team in the majors that hadn't scored double-digit runs. But it all went to waste in a 10th-inning collapse by Bell, who now has five blown saves.
Here's what Guillen had to say immediately after the jarring loss, but before he went on a tirade inside the clubhouse: