Strike Two for Marlin Manager Ozzie Guillen


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Take Barbara Walters: “Castro’s personal magnetism is still powerful, his presence is still commanding. Cuba has very high literacy, and Castro has brought great health care to his country.”

Take CNN founder Ted Turner: “Fidel Castro is one helluva guy!”

Taken Colin Powell while serving as Sec. of State under George Bush: “Fidel Castro has done some good things for Cuba.”

But actions speak louder than words. So take Rep. Charles Rangel, who, during a thundering ovation in the mass-murderer’s honor in Harlem’s Abyssianaian Baptist Chruch in 1995 and between deafening chants of “FIDEL!—FI-DEL!–VIVA-FI-DEL!” and with Congressperson Maxine Waters looking on in rapture, waddled up to the podium and engulfed Castro in a mighty bear hug.

The mass-torturer Castro, who tortured the longest suffering black political prisoners in modern history, finally caught his breath, smiled and returned the black senator’s passionate abrazo.

And recall that Time Magazine in January of 1996 hailed Fidel Castro as “The Toast of Manhattan.” The title referred to Castro’s reception by Manhattan’s beautiful people on the terrorist/torturer’s visit to New York in 1996.

“The Hottest Ticket in Manhattan,” also read a Newsweek story that week, referring to the social swirl that engulfed Castro in New York by the media luminaries. These included Peter Jennings, Tina Brown, Bernard Shaw, Mike Wallace, Barbara Walters, among many, many others. Fox News David Asman, then with the Wall Street Journal and obviously smitten, approached the man who came within a whisker of incinerating New York City and smilingly asked for Castro’s autograph.

In fact, all in attendance clamored for autographs and photo ops of the Stalinist who craved to nuke and entomb them and all of New York City. Diane Sawyer was so overcome in the mass-murderer’s presence that she rushed up, broke into that toothy smile of hers, wrapped her arms around Castro and smooched him warmly on the cheek.

In fact, in an interview with Men’s Journal back in 2008, Ozzie Guillen had spoken fondly of Fidel Castro: “Everywhere he [Fidel Castro] goes, they roll out the red carpet. I don’t admire his philosophy; I admire him.’’

But Guillen was then in Chicago, managing the White Sox. Same Ozzie Guillen, same Fidel Castro, similar comment—but much different ticket-buyers.

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  • Amused

    Good Grief , what the hell is your point here ? What did Guillen expect in LITTLE HAVANNA ??? WHere Cuban-Americans are rabidly anti-ANYTHING regarding Castro > in fact I believe he now got FIRED . . …and don't go blaming democrats for anything reharding this subject ….Cuban Americans are nearly 100% solid REPUBLICANS . …ALL THE TIME . Oh ….I get it , Guillen in Chicago would have gotten away with such statements …and OF COURSE !!! WHO COMES FROM CHICAGO ??? RIIIIIGHT ….arch-enemy and nemesis …Obama . Guillen if anything should be criticized for being Stupid …duh Miami-stadium in Little Havana /Cuban Exiles / …lool..and what of the Marlins management ? Surely they knew Guillen has made similar remarks in the past …a warning definitely was in order . Mostly ALL sports contracts with players , coaches etc. involve limitations and restriction on public behavior including public statements made to the media . As a buisiness entity I believe the Marlins are 100 % correct and Guillen WRONG .

  • Amused

    However someone might want to remind the cuban-AMERICANS down here , that they are indeed in AMERICA , and not in their former Cuba , where free speech is severly punished .From the Marlins point of view , this is strictly buisiness . If this were ANY other Ballpark /Club in America , [not JUST chicago as Fontava so facetiously alludes ] there MAY have been a reprimand , a remindrr of Guillens contractual obligations , followed maybe by an apology …and end of story . ONLY becuase it was Miami , and possible monetary damage to the Marlins bottomline , was there such a big bruhaha , a 5 day suspension , numerous apologies , [both not enough for the Cubanos ] and subsequent firing of Guillen to satisfy them . BTW Guillen has also staed previously that Chavez was a "great guy " .

  • Amused

    Just curious to see how Rubio weighs in on this . If at all .

  • Ghostwriter

    When I was living in Champaign-Urbana,I had someone taking care of my grandmother who made similar statements about Fidel Castro. I said that told her that Amnesty International routinely condemned him for his human rights violations. Unfortunately,she blew them off. To be honest,I can't blame most Cuban-Americans for hating Fidel Castro. To me,it would be like asking Chinese-Americans to praise Mao Zedong,Vietnamese-Americans to praise Ho Chi Minh,or most Venezuelan-Americans to praise Hugo Chavez. If somebody did those things to my family,I wouldn't be too happy with somebody like that either.

  • wctaqiyya

    Humberto, the best article yet on this matter. Thank you. Not being Cuban living in Miami, I'm not shocked by Mr. blabber mouth. Ozzie is nothing if not, foot in mouth, apologize, until next time. But I am a baseball fan and I say the suspensions are a bit much, Ozzie's apology was sincere and should be enough. A more constructive approach for the Miami Cubans, who have prospered so well in America, may be to push for the liberation of Cuba. What the hell are we waiting for anyway? Let's liberate Cuba and be done with it for God's sake. Ozzie, grab a horse, make like a Venezuelan cowboy and lead the charge up San Juan hill baby! Invoke the Pope, freedom, sun drenched beaches, warm young ladies and the best rum in the west. I will volunteer too.
    By the way, if the republican party has any intelligent or talented politicians, they can make hay over this at the expense of Obama. Never mind, they should just hire Humberto. Cheers.

  • Amused

    yea , Humberto's article intends JUST THAT , it's a pissss poor strawman , the only intention being to connect Guillen , Chicago -Obama – =Castro Lovers . Republicans have been pandering to Cubanos in So.Fla for decades. Rubio got outed for claimimng his family came by way of refugge rote , when in reality they left under their own staem BEFORE Castro took over . We suffered a crime wave during Castro's open the prisons and send'em to Florida . To Americans down here marialito is a dirty word . And WHY is it only a Cuban gets auto-citizenship just for actually setting foot on American soil , everyone else gets to go to Krome Detention Center and get deported . The massive sugar cane fields in So.Fla .are owned by Cubans with the expressed intent on putting their Cuban brothersback in Cuba out of buisiness .The only ones suffering from our embargo are the Cuban People .

  • Amused

    The vote pandering down here is such that Little Havanna is making foreign policy towards Cuba . If they really wanted to free Cuba , open the floodgates to trade and capitalism will certainly WIN . For petesakes the US dollar is common currency there . The Soviets are gone and Cuba's ripe for Democracy , but the bitter hatred of Castro overides COMMON SENSE . In the meantime I dare anyone to go down there and try to get by speaking ENGLISH .