|Guillen still fumes at Scioscia - 3 years later - entering M's-Angels series|
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|Thursday, 19 April 2007 15:09|
Three years ago, the Angels' manager kicked Guillen, one his top sluggers, off his team with days remaining in a pennant race because the outfielder threw a fit after getting removed from a game.
The Mariners and Angels begin a three-game series in Los Angeles on Friday.
``I'll really be pumped up,'' Guillen said Thursday, before leaving for his second trip back to play the Angels. He also played a series in Anaheim, Calif., while with the Washington Nationals.
Guillen was originally suspended for seven days without pay by the Angels, but he and the team reached a financial settlement to resolve the grievance he filed and he ended up being docked two days' pay - or $24,043.72.
Asked if he would seek out Scioscia, Guillen - who has been with eight organizations in the last eight years - snapped back with, ``Nope. No chance.''
Would he accept Scioscia reaching out to him?
``Nope. No chance.''
Scioscia said he thought Guillen had put the incident behind him.
``It was an unfortunate incident, and we've certainly moved on,'' Scioscia said in a telephone interview from his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., on Thursday - an Angels day off.
``I hope Jose grows from it. He told me he took anger management classes and put the whole incident behind him and was going to grow from it.''
Back in September 2004, Guillen was pulled for a pinch-runner during a game against Oakland. After he walked off the field as the A's changed pitchers, Guillen tossed his helmet toward the side of the dugout where Scioscia was standing and walked to the opposite side of the dugout. Guillen then slammed his glove against the wall.
Guillen said he's still upset that Scioscia ``crushed'' him in front of his teammates during a clubhouse argument instead of taking the issue into the manager's office. Scioscia said after the incident that he had called Guillen out in private.
``He said he called me into his office. That's something he never did,'' Guillen said. ``My relationship with him will never be fixed.''
Guillen said he hasn't spoken to Scioscia and never will again - ``I will never forgive him. I don't care if he tries to cross by me 100 times,'' Guillen said. But the Angels manager said they have talked.
``We've talked two or three times since the incident,'' Scioscia said. ``We talked the day he was traded (to Washington), and everything seemed fine.
``If he misinterpreted some of the events that led up to the incident, that's unfortunate. But we know what happened.''
AP Sports Writer John Nadel in Los Angeles contributed to this report.