Marlins Manager Says He Loves Fidel Castro
April 10, 2012 by Bryan Nash
Ozzie Guillen, the manager of the Miami Marlins, is fishing for an explanation after he told Time magazine, “I love Fidel Castro.”
Vigilia Mambisa, a Cuban-American group that describes itself as a “hard-line, right-wing, Anti-Castro, Anti-communist group of dedicated Cuban-American demonstrators,” plans to boycott the Marlins as long as Guillen is at the helm.
Guillen addressed the issue in a closed-door meeting with the team’s beat writers before Saturday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds:
“I will apologize if I hurt somebody’s feelings, or I hurt somebody’s thought. I want them to know I’m against everything 100 percent — I repeat it again — the way this man (has been) treating people for the last 60 years.”
Guillen plans to apologize again at Marlins Park today, according to The Associated Press.
“We are aware of the article,” said a statement from the Marlins franchise. “There is nothing respectable about Fidel Castro. He is a brutal dictator who has caused unthinkable pain for 50 years. We live in a community filled with victims of this dictatorship, and the people in Cuba continue to suffer today.”
Guillen, who is from Venezuela, lives in a section of Miami known as Little Havana. He became a U.S. citizen in 2006.