Florida Marlins Manager, Ozzie Guillen Responds To His Comments About Dictator Fidel Castro

New Marlins manager, Ozzie Guillen possibly leaving?

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.

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Bryce Cry Baby Harper Doesn’t Get His Way Again Someone Call His Mommy

Bryce Harper needs an attitude adjustment from John Cena.

It was a full count at 3-2 with Bryce Harper at the plate. The pitch was thrown slightly left and Harper thinking it was a ball headed towards first. However he was wrong, it was a strike. Base home plate umpire Max Guyll called him out on a strike. As for Harper he didn’t agree and within seconds he re-in acted a scene that we have seen several times.

Harper threw his helmet on the ground and began yelling while standing face to face with base home plate umpire Guyll. Harper was pointing fingers, digging his cleats into the ground, and screaming at the top of his lungs trying to prove that the pitch called a strike was a ball. Though base home plate umpire Guyll didn’t care as Harper was immediately ejected.

Fans rose to their feet clapping and cheering as number 34 left the game. One fan even yelled “there’s that maturity, there’s that maturity” repeating it several times. He was right, there was no maturity and there hasn’t been any shown from Harper as he’s always getting ejected from arguing with the umpires. When will it stop? Nobody knows, and after being selected first in the MLB Draft doesn’t help either as it may just make matters worse.

Harpers attitude that he’s been showing to the umpires is just horrible as he displays an “I’m better then you” type attitude and it needs to stop. Just like your mother always told you “Santa’s watching” well young Bryce the major league umpires are watching you, and these outbreaks are going to catch up to you. These fights and arguments displayed by yourself may turn a ball just outside the box a strike instead of a ball. These umpires stick together Bryce and you better start showing them some respect because they may break or make your career. Also too let’s be honest why were you even getting in Guyll’s face? You really do owe him an apology because he could’ve easily have given you a nice beat down. In the meantime Harper cry me a river build me a bridge and shut up and just play baseball.

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Carlos Beltran is Going…Going…Gone: See Why This Move May Have Just Determined the New World Series Champion

The addition of Beltran might just lock up another title for the Giants.

Months after winning the World Series the San Francisco Giants who began their quest to repeat in April, started to slow down and show signs that they were no longer baseball’s best team. So with the trade deadline approaching the Giants decided to trade for former New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran. After talking several times to each other the Giants and Mets would come to an agreement, however it wouldn’t be official, not until Beltran gave his approval.

Sure enough shortly before the Mets Cincinnati game Beltran would tell his team his decision. Shaking every one of his teammates hands Beltran would say his goodbyes and leave the clubhouse, as he was going to be A Giant. “He came over and shook everybody’s hands and said thank you,” Mets outfielder Angel Pagan told ESPN. “We were very happy for him. He’s going to be with a team that’s a contender.” The Mets would then leave the Clubhouse to take the field against the Reds. They would go onto win 8-2 against the Reds winning in their first game without star player Carlos Beltran.

The official deal that was made will send Carlos Beltran to Giants in exchange for pitcher Zach Wheeler. The Mets also agreed to pick up $4 Million of Beltran’s $6.5 Million that’s left on his contract.

Beltran who will join the Giants on Thursday will be a huge acquisition as without even playing a game in a Giants uniform Beltran is already their number one hitter. As it stands right now, Beltran will come in leading the team in home runs, RBI’s, and on base percentage. The only thing he won’t be leading in is his batting average that is third behind Darren Ford and Pablo Sandoval.

This move now not only puts the Giants as the front runners to win their division but the front runners to win the National League and possibly even their second straight World Series. The Giants now have everything from pitching to fielding and now to hitting. This team is ready to not only win it again but their ready to become baseball’s next dynasty.

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Brawl in Fenway Just Isn’t Right

David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg fighting after exchanging words.

Fighting; it happens everyday. Rather it’s an argument or if it’s physical, it happens and happens at all different extents. You see it in your town, your school, your job, and many other places…but sports? Yes, it’s in sports too, however is it right?

Now while Boxing and UFC, fighting is the main objective of the sport so fighting is okay, but what about the others? Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Soccer, is it okay and if so where do you draw the line?

On July 8th David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox went up to plate. The first pitch an inside fastball, the second pitch another inside close fastball, the third pitch again an inside fastball except even closer. So close that Ortiz took a couple steps towards Baltimore Orioles pitcher Kevin Gregg, pointing and confronting Gregg about the close pitches. Ortiz after cooling off would go back to the plate and play would resume. On the fourth pitch Ortiz would pop out to shallow right field.

Then as Ortiz was walking back to the bench Gregg and himself would exchange some words. Ortiz still heated about the close pitches would charge Gregg pushing him several times and throwing several punches at pitcher Kevin Gregg. The benches would clear and the fans would cheer as there was a brawl in Fenway. A couple days later Major League Baseball would lay down the last and final blow handing both Ortiz and Gregg four game suspensions and fines of undisclosed amounts.

This incident, between Ortiz and Gregg certainly wasn’t the first baseball ever saw, let alone sports ever saw. We have seen it before, the brawl of 2004 between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons, Oregon running back Lagarrette Blount sucker punching Boise State’s Byron Hout after losing to the Broncos, or Tennessee Titans wide receiver Cortland Finnegan and Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson fighting after a shove match from the play before. We have seen it before, plenty of times, but the question remains, is it right? Is it right, that these players who are fighting on National Television in front of thousands of fans and cameras exchanging words and fists, is it right?

Why it seems exciting and great at first, in the long term after being replayed and talked about and shown all over the world these fights or incidents are wrong. These fights or incidents not only make the two or more people involved look bad, but they send the wrong message to the future generations to come. Why I’m not saying everyone holds hands and sing kumbaya, I’m just saying that these fights and brawls have to come to an end.

So if it’s laying down harsher punishments or creating new rules to help prevent it, then it has to be done. Though even if that’s not possible the main thing that should be done which is inexcusable, should be the players involved in the matter apologizing to the media and saying some message to the fans and the people watching about how their actions were wrong. Now that would help make things better. Kumbaya.

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Derek Jeter Get’s 3000: A Milestone That The Whole World Witnessed

Derek Jeter hits 3,000.

He began the day at 2,998 a milestone that would complete a career, a milestone that some would never reach and some not even dream of. Though at age 37 with still a couple seasons left in his career short stop Derek Jeter was at this number and was approaching the Major League milestone of 3,000 hits. A milestone only completed by 27 other Major League players.

On Friday night Yankee fans were ready to see the milestone of 3,000 be completed by their cherished superstar who gave them 16 hard seasons, 5 World Series championships, and countless amounts of great plays. However the game would be postponed. So Saturday June 9th at 1:05 Eastern Time Derek Jeter would have his chance. Needing just two hits Jeter facing the Tampa Bay Rays was ready to reach it.

After a one, two, three inning in the top of the first Jeter would come to the plate ready to get hit 2,999. Like he wanted he did as he swung and hit the ball into shallow left field for a single. Fans rose to their feet as Jeter was now just one hit away from making history.

Jeter would return to the plate in the bottom of 3rd inning facing the same pitcher as he did in the first, David Price. With Yankee fans and baseball fans all around the world watching and tuning in to see Jeter reach this unbelievable milestone one could only hope that he would reach it and reach it on that day.

Jeter swung then hit sending the ball back…back…back….HOME RUN! Jeter had done it. Mr. Yankee was now Mr. 3,000 and what a way to do it then to do it with a 420 foot home run. Fans rose to their feet, players took of their caps, and number two ran all four bases for hit 3,000.

Jeter would go onto finish the game in perfect fashion, going 5 for 5 with a home run and two RBI’s in a 5-4 victory over the Rays. However Jeter now at 3,003 hits still isn’t done yet as he still has more games to play and more hits to get but that hit, number 3,000 will always be his number one. So hats off to Jeter, and hats off to a day that will never be forgotten.

The List of Players to Reach 3000 Hits.

Player↓ Hits↓ Avg. Date Team↓ Seasons↓ GP 3,000th hit↓
Pete Rose 4,256 .303 May 5, 1978 Cincinnati Reds 1963–1986 3,562 Single
Ty Cobb 4,191[b] .366 August 19, 1921 Detroit Tigers 1905–1928 3,035 Single
Hank Aaron 3,771 .305 May 17, 1970 Atlanta Braves 1954–1976 3,298 Single
Stan Musial 3,630 .331 May 13, 1958 St. Louis Cardinals 1941–1944,
1946–1963
3,026 Double
Tris Speaker 3,514 .345 May 17, 1925 Cleveland Indians 1907–1928 2,717 Single
Carl Yastrzemski 3,419 .285 September 12, 1979 Boston Red Sox 1961–1983 3,308 Single
Cap Anson 3,012[a] .334 July 18, 1897[a] Chicago Colts 1871–1897 2,524 Unclear
Honus Wagner 3,415 .328 June 9, 1914 Pittsburgh Pirates 1897–1917 2,794 Double
Paul Molitor 3,319 .306 September 16, 1996 Minnesota Twins 1978–1998 2,683 Triple
Eddie Collins 3,315 .333 June 6, 1925 Chicago White Sox 1906–1930 2,826 Single
Willie Mays 3,283 .302 July 18, 1970 San Francisco Giants 1951–1973 2,992 1 !Single
Eddie Murray 3,255 .287 June 30, 1995 Cleveland Indians 1977–1997 3,026 Single
Nap Lajoie 3,242 .338 September 27, 1914 Cleveland Naps 1896–1916 2,480 Double
Cal Ripken, Jr. 3,184 .276 April 15, 2000 Baltimore Orioles 1981–2001 3,001 Single
George Brett 3,154 .305 September 30, 1992 Kansas City Royals 1973–1993 2,707 Single
Paul Waner 3,152 .333 June 19, 1942 Boston Braves 1926–1945 2,549 Single
Robin Yount 3,142 .285 September 9, 1992 Milwaukee Brewers 1974–1993 2,856 Single
Tony Gwynn 3,141 .338 August 6, 1999 San Diego Padres 1982–2001 2,440 Single
Dave Winfield 3,110 .283 September 16, 1993 Minnesota Twins 1973–1995 2,973 Single
Craig Biggio 3,060 .281 June 28, 2007 Houston Astros 1988–2007 2,850 Single
Rickey Henderson 3,055 .279 October 7, 2001 San Diego Padres 1979–2003 3,081 Double
Rod Carew 3,053 .328 August 4, 1985 California Angels 1967–1985 2,469 Single
Lou Brock 3,023 .293 August 13, 1979 St. Louis Cardinals 1961–1979 2,616 Single
Rafael Palmeiro 3,020 .288 July 15, 2005 Baltimore Orioles 1986–2005 2,831 Double
Wade Boggs 3,010 .328 August 7, 1999 Tampa Bay Devil Rays 1982–1999 2,440 Home run
Al Kaline 3,007 .297 September 24, 1974 Detroit Tigers 1953–1974 2,834 Double
Derek Jeter 3,003 .312 July 9, 2011 New York Yankees 1995–current 2,362 Home run
Roberto Clemente 3,000 .317 September 30, 1972 Pittsburgh Pirates 1955–1972 2,433 Double

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MLB: Yankees & Red Sox Open the Season

Sunday night marked the season debut for Major League Baseball.  The Yankees faced off against the Red Sox in Boston at Fenway Park.  The game initiating the first contest between the biggest rivalry teams  in baseball, and arguably, in sports period.  The game didn’t take long to heat up.  Only a couple innings in, Jorge Posada hit one of the shortest homeruns possible off the foul pole in right field.  The very next batter, Curtis Granderson, smacked a solo shot over the right center fielder giving the Yankees an early 2-0 lead.  The Red Sox would score 1 run in the bottom of the inning and the score would remain 2-1 until the 4th inning when the Yankees added 3 more.  With a 5-1 lead going into the 5th, the Red sox would begin their comeback.

Beckett had already been punched out of the game by the Yankees in the 5th inning.  Therefore, Sabathia looked to be the more prepared pitcher as manager, Joe Girardi, opted to leave him in to start the 6th.  The decision to leave him in was odd because Sabathia had given up a couple hard hits in the 5th and allowed the Red Sox a 2nd run, which easily could’ve been more.  After escaping a potential disaster in the 5th, Sabathia was up to an 85 pitch count which most managers would’ve assumed enough to call in a relief pitcher.  Instead, Sabathia came out for the 6th inning and let on a couple base runners, gave up a couple more hits and put runners in scoring position.  Still, Joe Girardi stuck with him until he had given up 3 more runs, ultimately leaving the Yankees and Red Sox tied at 5 going into the 7th.

The Yankees came back with 2 runs of their own, only to give them right back to Boston.  With the score all tied at 7, the Red Sox put 1 more run up in the 8th which ultimately sunk the Yankees, having been put on the losing end of an 8-7 thriller at Fenway.

The Yankees look to avenge their loss on Tuesday night at Fenway.  Needless to say, you can bet on an exciting game because neither team is ever counted out despite a several run deficit.  I believe that unless one of them is down by 10 runs, you can continue to call it a close game.

MLB: Spring Training

Baseball nation is getting fired up for spring training.  It marks the beginning of a new season and new predictions for who will win the World Series.  The New York Yankees are the defending champions but may have their work cut out for them as 2010 has brought about various roster changes.  If you want to catch the defending champions at a home game at the New Yankee stadium, individual game tickets will go on sale later in March.  My advice is to pick them up early before the season starts.  That is when they will be the cheapest.  If you wait too long and the price of admission to Yankee Stadium becomes too much for just a few hours of entertainment, I highly recommend going to see them when they play away at the Toronto Blue Jays in Canada or at the Cleveland Indians in Ohio.  Both locations are within respectable driving distance, especially for anyone located in the Upstate area, and have reasonably priced seating options.  After hitting up a game in Cleveland last year, I will admit that Cleveland fans are also very hospitable and aren’t too bad with the harassment either.  Actually, the people I had the most issues with were other Yankee fans that were throwing stuff at Cleveland fans and hitting everyone with food that was in their path.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my fellow Yankee fans, but at this particular game, I actually found myself siding with some Cleveland fans to battle some obnoxious Yankee fans.  Some people can’t handle their alcohol.