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Marlins Bend Over for Angry Miamians, Suspend Ozzie Guillen

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Well, the Marlins have suspended Manager Ozzie Guillen for getting quoted in Time magazine saying "I love Fidel Castro." Looks like we found out pretty early in the season how the Marlins front office feels about its new skipper.

This is not Guillen's first off-the-wall statement. Before he landed in Miami, he wasn't strutting around the league in three-piece suits waxing philosophical about the poetry of sport. He was getting drunk after road games and cursing in interviews.

The Marlins knew what they were getting into, and at the first sign of a ruckus, they threw their manager under the bus and sent him on a whirlwind groveling tour around the city to apologize -- direct quote here -- "with my heart in my hand and on bended knees."

He shouldn't have had to do any of it, because Ozzie Guillen should be allowed to say what he wants. The guy can barely speak English, and he still made it clear he wasn't talking about supporting Castro's regime in any way. The rest of the quote, per ABC: "I respect Fidel Castro, you know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that motherfucker is still here."

COMMUNIST!

Guillen said Castro was tough. Big deal. He did the same thing in 2008 when he, according to ESPN, told Men's Journal that Castro was "a bullshit dictator and everybody's against him, and he still survives, has power. Still has a country behind him. Everywhere he goes, they roll out the red carpet. I don't admire his philosophy. I admire him."

Oh, you disagree with Guillen? Get over it. Your baseball manager doesn't have to hate the same people you do. Unless it's the Mets. Everybody has to hate the Mets.

Guillen is a successful manager, and he's got two World Series rings to back him up -- one of which has the Marlins logo on it. And he deserves better than this.

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glass slipper
glass slipper

I told you they should have built this stadium in Broward County, now they are stuck with this retarded miami chickenhead cubano fan base......hahahahahaha!

Joeynovick
Joeynovick

But they have such a nice new stadium. Why muck that up with issues like Free speech. Kind of ironic, though. The Marlins punish a guy exercising his free speech rights, the same way maybe Fidel Castro would to a manager of a national Cuban baseball team who said "I love Obama." Go figure. I am with Ozzie on this one.

FQS9000
FQS9000

For once, the NT has it right.  If the clown can manage the team, then I don't care if he loves Obama, Pol Pot or the Baldwin brothers.

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Joeypad
Joeypad

ever hear of free speech ahos.isnt that what you want from castro..practice what you preach

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Context does not matter. The Pope should be suspended for five Sundays for his recent visit to Cuba.

Smith16
Smith16

Instead of protesting Ozzie, every person who was offended should form a battalion, if you can get that many people, and overthrow the Castro regime. If Castro is such bad dude and destroyed your family go overthrow his government. If he's as bad as Hitler then Do something. As a former Marine and an American, nothing would stop me from getting what was mine if Castro took my land and killed my family. Nothing is stopping these exiles from doing that except the fear of death and no one is willing to spend enough money to fight. Also, the overall American population doesn't care about Castro. If you are that offended go after the real target of your anger....CASTRO...not The manager of a baseball team.

scott medvin
scott medvin

well, since miami was forcibly bent over by the marlins on stadium financing i'd say that this is a relatively fair trade...

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

I think everyone is taking what was said WAY out of context.  He was not saying Castro was a great guy for his policies, but that he was a tough guy for surviving everything that was thrown at him.  Yes, we get it, Cubans and the right wing hate Castro, but really think before you go all rabid about anyone mentioning the mans name.We know, he was a bad guy to some people.  And now he is almost dead.  Maybe its time to let things that happened fifty years ago just die with him.  Maybe there is more to the story.  If he was as horrible as people say, you would think those who stayed behind would have booted him out of power decades ago.  Yet he stayed in power with little to no support from anyone other than those Cubans who stayed.I am just saying there must be more to the story. 

Native
Native

Had all your possessions stolen and your relatives murdered or thrown into cesspool prisons?  Get over it, I guess.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

Yeah, I'd like to know where David Samson's concern for Miami public opinion was when he took their tax money and didn't bother building any parking.

glass slipper
glass slipper

Maybe if all these miami chickenhead cubanos weren't so greedy in the first place they could have come to ambiacle agreement with Castro way back then but no, they were too thickheaded and stupid to give a shit about their commonwealth and this is what they get.

 I have no respect for the miami cubanos as they constantly try to place their own self intrest over any and everything else.

 

FidelWho
FidelWho

 Freedom of speech.  And do get over it, otherwise you'll continually be blinded to the reality of life in 2012 by your hate.

Rich Abdill
Rich Abdill

I'm not saying horrible things haven't happened because of Castro. I can't imagine what life  under his rule must have been like, and there's no excusing it.

But I am saying that firing a baseball coach won't fix it, especially when that coach never said he supported Castro's murder and prisons. He teaches muscley people how to throw a ball. His stances on South Florida's geopolitical discussions doesn't seem particularly relevant.

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