April 9, 2012 Leave a comment
Last week Miami Marlins Manager, Ozzie Guillen made headlines for his comments in Time magazine regarding Cuban Dictator, Fidel Castro in a negative way. Guillen told the magazine that he loved and respected Castro and admired what he did.
“I respect Fidel Castro,” Guillen said in the article. “You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that [expletive] is still here.”
However, those comments wouldn’t sit well with fans, community members, and other people not involved in the baseball community as people wanted Guillen fired.
So as a result to all of the publicity surrounding his comments, Guillen decided to address the media on Monday before his team’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies that afternoon.
“I want to make everything clear what’s going on. Then people can see me and know what I think,” Guillen told reporters inside the dugout. “I think it’s the proper thing so people can see my eyes and ask every question they want to ask.”
Guillen would go onto continue…
“I want to get the thing over with. I told the Marlins I want to fly [back] as soon as I can, and tomorrow’s a day off,” Guillen said. “I don’t want to [talk about it] in Philadelphia. I want to be in Miami and clear everything up.”
As for what he meant by that was a press conference, which he scheduled for Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time zone at Marlins Park. As for who could come? Guillen said anyone, as he didn’t want to hide or not answer anyone’s questions.
“I want the people there. Whoever feels about it, ask me any questions,” Guillen said. “I want you to ask what you ask, because I feel bad? Yes. I feel embarrassed? Yes.”
However, a press conference and apologies aren’t good enough as a Cuban-American advocacy group in Miami, Vigilia Mambisa, has said that they will orchestrate a boycott until the Marlins fire Guillen.
The Marlins would also respond to the comments made by Guillen saying that they have no respect for Castro or his doings, saying, “We are aware of the article,” the team said. “There is nothing to respect about Fidel Casto. He is a brutal dictator who has caused unthinkable pain for more than 50 years. We live in a community filled with victims of this dictatorship, and the people in Cuba continue to suffer today.”
On a lighter note, the Marlins would bounce back from a 6-5 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday as they would defeat the Phillies, 6-2 improving to 2-3 on the season.