Florida Marlins Manager Guillen Under Fire For Praising Castro

Florida Marlins Manager Guillen Under Fire For Praising Castro

Ozzie Guillen, the new manager of the Florida Marlins, said in an online Time magazine article that he loves Fidel Castro, and Cuban-Americans in Miami want him fired. Vigilia Mambisa, a group of Cuban-Americans describing themselves as “hard-line, right wing, anti-Castro, anti-communist” plans a car caravan that will end at the Marlins stadium.

Guillen, who is Venezuelan, said “I love Fidel Castro . . . I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that motherf—er is still here.”

Guillen later apologized, saying, “”I want them to know I’m against everything 100 percent — I repeat it again — the way this man (been) treating people for the last 60 years.”

Guillen has spent most of his adult years on the South Side of Chicago, first as an All-Star shortstop for the Chicago White Sox and then later as their manager, winning the World Series in 2005. He is well-known for his outspoken behavior.  

One Cuban-American noted that Guillen had not only insulted Cuban-Americans, but also Venezuelans, since they live under the brutal thumb of another thug, Hugo Chavez.  The Cuban-American group plans to boycott the team until Guillen is fired.