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Ozzie Guillen to Return to Florida to Apologize for Fidel Castro Comments
Associated Press ^

Posted on 04/09/2012 1:17:07 PM PDT by Kazan

PHILADELPHIA -- Miami Marlins manger Ozzie Guillen will apologize again for telling a magazine he loves Fidel Castro.

Guillen will return to Florida following Monday's game at Philadelphia and apologize Tuesday at Marlins Park. The Phillies and Marlins are off Tuesday before the series resumes Wednesday.

Guillen had told Time magazine he loves the Cuban leader and respects him for staying in power so long. The manager said before Monday's game he's had sleepless nights because of his comments and wants to make amends.

"I'm going to make everything clear what's going on," he said. "People can see me and talk. I've already talked to people. But I think it's the proper thing to see my eyes. They can see me and ask whatever question they want. I think sooner is better. Better for the ballclub, better for me."

He apologized over the weekend after the story broke last week.

A Cuban-American group planned a demonstration Tuesday at the ballpark. The protest was organized before Guillen said he would fly to Miami.

"I know I hurt a lot of people," Guillen said. "I want to get the thing over with."

Guillen said the news conference would be open to "anybody that wants to be there."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: communist; ozzieguillen
Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker was suspended for spring training and the first 14 days of the 2000 regular season for making allegedly disparaging remarks about homosexuals and foreigners.

Why shouldn't Guillen suffer a small fate for praising a murderous, totalitarian dictator?

1 posted on 04/09/2012 1:17:17 PM PDT by Kazan
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To: Kazan

One can’t unsay what has already been said.


2 posted on 04/09/2012 1:22:16 PM PDT by yarddog
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To: Kazan

Wow, in Miami?????

“Tone Deaf” just doesn’t begin to cover it.


3 posted on 04/09/2012 1:22:16 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kazan

It’s good to have Guillen state upfront what his views are, rather than try to hide it. The only reason the coward is apologizing is his boss realized it’s going to upset would be ticket buyers.

The part that mystifies me is Ozzie Guillen got to be a very wealthy man under the evil American capitalist system. Yet, he loves Castro?

Ozzie Guillen is a moron.


4 posted on 04/09/2012 1:22:35 PM PDT by brownsfan (Aldous Huxley and Mike Judge were right.)
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To: yarddog

He truly is a clown. He was quoted in the Cincinnati Enquirer over the weekend saying that the reason he stays out of trouble when on the road is that he always heads to the hotel bar and gets drunk and then goes back to his room and sleeps it off - after EVERY game.


5 posted on 04/09/2012 1:24:13 PM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Not Romney - Not ever!)
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To: Kazan

A dictator who jailed people for being homosexual


6 posted on 04/09/2012 1:24:35 PM PDT by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Kazan

Poor Marlin fans, they thought they were getting a manager but instead they have a punch line.


7 posted on 04/09/2012 1:26:28 PM PDT by slackerjack
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To: All
"I know I hurt a lot of people," Guillen said. "I want to get the thing over with."

Sounds pretty sincere.
8 posted on 04/09/2012 1:29:49 PM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: Kazan

..his gator mouth wrote a check his parakeet a&& can’t cover this time.


9 posted on 04/09/2012 1:31:42 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Kazan

Being from Venezuela, you’d think Guillen would know better.


10 posted on 04/09/2012 1:32:10 PM PDT by fullchroma
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To: Kazan
Why shouldn't Guillen suffer a small fate for praising a murderous, totalitarian dictator?

Because the whole thing is stupid. The Rocker thing was stupid too.

11 posted on 04/09/2012 1:33:19 PM PDT by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry
He truly is a clown. He was quoted in the Cincinnati Enquirer over the weekend saying that the reason he stays out of trouble when on the road is that he always heads to the hotel bar and gets drunk and then goes back to his room and sleeps it off - after EVERY game.

nah... he's just a drunk with that part of his brain filter fried out. Like our Vice-President. It's a sign of brain damage.

12 posted on 04/09/2012 1:34:43 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (democrats are like flies, whatever they don't eat they sh#t on.)
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To: Kazan

Of course, Guillen should be suspended by the team. It’s a free country, and he can say what he wants. But, by the same token, a company can do what it wants. With his horrifying endorsement of one of the most evil tyrants of the Twentieth Century, he showed that he is not worthy of managing a team that caters to those the tyrant abused.


13 posted on 04/09/2012 1:37:38 PM PDT by hampdenkid
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To: Kazan

Hey Ozzie, Adderalll and beer are a terrible combo.


14 posted on 04/09/2012 1:37:52 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: Kazan
MIAMI, the CAPITAL of anti-Castro Cubans, and the city's baseball NEW baseball manager says he "loves Fidel Castro". What planet did this guy drop in from?
15 posted on 04/09/2012 1:45:25 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
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To: LibFreeUSA
"What planet did this guy drop in from?"

Chicago.

16 posted on 04/09/2012 1:51:21 PM PDT by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political party's in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: Buckeye Battle Cry
Ozzie Guillen: "I Get Drunk" After Every Game
17 posted on 04/09/2012 1:53:14 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (See my FR homepage for a list of businesses that support WI Gov. Scott Walker)
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To: Kazan; BluesDuke; okie01; All
You can bet that Commissar Lefty Selig won't fine Guillen for praising Castro - even though saying what Guillen did might be detrimental to business, given the demographics of South Florida and the fan base of Guillen's new team. That's because Selig and Castro are old pals, having hobnobbed with each other in Cuba a few years ago.

But Selig and company did fine Guillen two or three years back for calling a "gay" Chicago writer a politically incorrect name.

Double standard? Hypocrisy? That's Selig's stock in trade.

18 posted on 04/09/2012 1:53:35 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: brownsfan
The only reason the coward is apologizing

There are certain people who reporters should not be shoving their microphones in front of and Guillen is one of them. He's just a dumb baseball player from Venezuela who knows only one thing.....baseball.

There's no doubt in my mind that what he said about Castro was not intended to be interpreted as supportive of him. Unfortunately no one chose to pursue his statement with follow-up questions to find out if he truly did love and admire Castro. If they had, it's likely he wouldn't had to issue a follow-up press conference.

I think this is a classic "gotcha" moment that the MSM thrives on........

19 posted on 04/09/2012 1:56:31 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: brownsfan
Guillen had told Time magazine he loves the Cuban leader and respects him for staying in power so long.

As a follow-up to my prior comment, I would love see the entire Q&A that led up to his comment in order to put it into proper context...........

20 posted on 04/09/2012 1:59:39 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco
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To: LibFreeUSA

It’s Ozzie located in the solar system of Ozzie.

It’s a free country but the guy’s mouth should still have to register with the authorities in whatever state he visits.


21 posted on 04/09/2012 2:00:29 PM PDT by rod1 (CTLY)
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To: Kazan

Typical Ozzie - engages mouth before engaging mind - but my guess is that stupid, off-the-cuff comment does not mean that he really admires that Cuban hangman.

Ozzie made a somewhat similar idiotic statement about Hugo Chavez right after the Sox won the Series in 2005; in pretty much every statement afterwards he has really come down hard on Chavez, and I believe sincerely so. And that’s not to excuse his initial favorable comments on either Castro or Chavez - that’s just Ozzie.

Two other bits about Ozzie: a couple of my young relatives went to see the White Sox training camp during spring training back when the Sox trained in Sarasota, and Guillen was their starting shortstop. They came by one day when it was raining; every player on the team rushed past the kids as they waited for them, except for one who stopped to sign their autograph books in the rain: that one was Ozzie Guillen.

And speaking of Rocker, Ozzie once referred to a notorious Chicago sportswriter (who was in fact a true horse’s @ss) by using a homosexual slur; MLB fined him and sentenced him to sensitivity training. I always loved it when I found out later that Ozzie had said the sensitivity training was a load of manure (or Ozzieisms to that effect).

I have my suspicions as to why Ozzie made that stupid comment about Castro, but then again, even if I’m right, that doesn’t excuse him from saying something that stupid.


22 posted on 04/09/2012 2:01:40 PM PDT by Stosh
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To: fullchroma; All

actually quite the opposite...if you look at his comments from 10 years ago when he was manager of the white sox he said he loved chavez, whom he considered a personal friend...these comments should not surprise anyone as guillen is just another leftist loving millionaire in America...


23 posted on 04/09/2012 2:05:17 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5million pay no federal income tax then vote demoKrat)
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To: NautiNurse; Nick Danger; La Enchiladita; stanz; StarFan; big'ol_freeper; warsaw44; raccoonradio; ...
Baseball ping

Ozzie Guillen is a putz!

More: Ozzie Guillen: "I Get Drunk" After Every Game

24 posted on 04/09/2012 2:08:45 PM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, and THANK YOU, Andrew Breitbart)
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To: God luvs America
10 years ago when he was manager of the white sox he said he loved chavez, whom he considered a personal friend...

Well that explains it. Doesn't give much credibility to his mea culpa. He must love our own power hungry dictator.

25 posted on 04/09/2012 2:20:18 PM PDT by fullchroma
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To: Kazan
Just to be clear: Ozzie Guillen will be forgiven by the media for praising a murderer, but they will continue to hate Rush Limbaugh for suggesting someone demanding tax-payer funded condoms is a sexually immoral!
26 posted on 04/09/2012 2:32:26 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: mmichaels1970

“What I meant to say was that I love Fidel Castro, because he had electric stuff that would have made him a great addition to my starting rotation. If I had been managing the Washington Senators back then, I would have signed him”.


27 posted on 04/09/2012 2:37:28 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kazan

Will he be apologizing for loving Fidel? Will he be apologizing for saying it out loud? Will he apologize for being the dumbest Cuban in America?


28 posted on 04/09/2012 2:42:17 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: mmichaels1970
Sounds pretty sincere.

I suspect he is pretty sincere about wanting to get the whole thing over with. I also suspect he revealed his true thoughts when he opened his yap the first time.

29 posted on 04/09/2012 3:34:22 PM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Deb

Watchu talkin’ ‘bout, Willis? He’s not Cuban.


30 posted on 04/09/2012 3:47:29 PM PDT by Optimus Prime (Do liberals even qualify as sentient beings?)
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To: Deb

Watchu talkin’ ‘bout, Willis? He’s not Cuban.


31 posted on 04/09/2012 3:47:56 PM PDT by Optimus Prime (Do liberals even qualify as sentient beings?)
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To: Optimus Prime

“He’ not Cuban.” Not that there’d be anything wrong with that...


32 posted on 04/09/2012 5:03:33 PM PDT by kenavi (1% of the 1% were born in the 1%.)
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To: Kazan
The Marlins have paid a great deal of money to attract Latino fans.

Ozzie had destroyed that with his stupid comments.

If he stays, many Cubans are not going to support the team.

33 posted on 04/10/2012 2:31:35 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!-Sam Adams)
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To: nutmeg

Ozzie Guillen who?


34 posted on 04/11/2012 9:49:01 AM PDT by stanz
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