“For all those people there saying it was my fault about Jim Thome, yes it’s my fault,” Guillen said Wednesday during a 13-minute pre-game interview devoted mostly to Thome’s departure last August and the decision not to re-sign him.
“If those people don’t like that, (bleep) them.”
Guillen reminded reporters that it was Thome who waived his no-trade clause on Aug. 31 to accept a trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers and that he’s getting more playing time with the Twins recently only because slugger Justin Morneau has been sidelined since July 8 because of a concussion.
“I’m not afraid,” Guillen said. “I can care less what people think. We’re in second place. When Jim Thome was here, we finished third three times out of four years (actually two third-place finishes and one fourth-place ending). We went to one playoff because he hit a home run to go to the playoffs.
“Listen, I don’t make that decision, we made that decision.…