Did He Really Say That?
Ozzie Guillen might be the biggest idiot in the history of professional sports, and there is quite a laundry list of morons that he tops. In a TIME article, Guillen was quoted as saying “I respect Fidel Castro, You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that ******** is still here.” Ozzie, just so you know, you are the manager of the MIAMI Marlins. The percentage of citizens of Latin descent is larger in Miami then any other city in the United States. Way to offend the large majority of citizens who pay your salary.
Ozzie has been suspended by the Marlins for 5 games for his utterly ridiculous comments. It was the only way that the Marlins could not fire him. However, the Marlins have recently moved into a Latin neighborhood in Miami, have brought in some of the best Latin ballplayers and have been in a mode to embrace the culture of their city. They are a team that has lacked an identity, and were planning on making this year one in which the team would establish roots and bring the MLB experience to Miami in a meaningful way. Ozzie has really done a number to the organization.
5 games is not enough. If the Marlins want to really stand up for their fan base, Guillen needs to be fired immediately. Dan Lebatard of ESPN told the network “For Cuban Americans, Fidel Castro is our Hitler. … There are very loud, and influential and emotional Cubans who have had their childhoods stolen, who have had relatives imprisoned, who have had family members on firing squads that disapprove of Fidel Castro.” Imagine Joe Girardi, Tom Coughlin, Rex Ryan or any of the other New York coaches said that they respected Hitlers policies and look at him as a role model. They would be fired within seconds. Guillen has since back-tracked and apologized, but as far as I’m concerned, it is not enough. The team has shaped its image to reflect the Cuban community surrounding Miami. I guess the manager of the team didn’t get the memo that the Marlins actually embrace Cuban heritage, and promoting the cruelties that have occurred to the Cuban citizens as the hand of Castro as a positive is probably not a great idea. Listen below to his bullshit apology:
Marlins, do the right thing and fire this idiot and clean up your franchise. You have a new roster, new ballpark, new uniforms, new image, so take advantage of your opportunity now.