Miami Marlins Manager Apologizes For Saying He ‘Loves’ Fidel Castro

CINCINNATI (CBS Tampa/AP) — It didn’t take long for Ozzie Guillen’s mouth to get him in trouble this season.

The Miami Marlins manager apologized on Saturday for telling a magazine that he loves Fidel Castro, a comment that prompted to team to issue a statement denouncing the Cuban dictator.

Guillen told Time magazine that he loves Castro and respects him for staying in power so long. When Guillen read his comments Friday, he said he felt sick because he knew how people would react.

Guillen called the team’s beat writers for a closed-door meeting before a game against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night and apologized.

“I will apologize if I hurt somebody’s feelings, or I hurt somebody’s thought,” Guillen told the writers. “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.

“The reason I say I admire him is because a lot of people want to get rid of this guy and they couldn’t yet,” Guillen told the Sun-Sentinel. “That was personal, not politics. If you don’t read the article, it sounds ugly. The first time I read it I was like, ‘Wow, that’s going to get me in trouble.’ I understand that. I’m not hiding from anybody, especially people in Miami.”

In response to the magazine story, the Marlins released a statement saying, “There is nothing to respect about Fidel Castro.

“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.”

It’s not the first time Guillen, from Venezuela, has made a strong comment about a controversial leader. During his first news conference as Marlins manager in September, he bristled at a suggestion he supports Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

“Don’t tell my wife that, because she hates that man. She hates him to death,” Guillen said. “I supported Chavez? If I was supporting Chavez, do you think I would be manager of the Marlins? I never supported Chavez.”

Guillen said he has never spoken to Chavez, but in fact he appeared on the Venezuelan leader’s national radio show twice in October 2005, when Guillen led the Chicago White Sox to the World Series title. At the time, Guillen said: “Not too many people like the president. I do. My mom will kill me, but it’s an honor to talk to the president.”

Guillen became a U.S. citizen in 2006, and he has been more critical of Chavez in recent years.

“It’s not my fault Chavez is the president,” Guillen said. “I didn’t put him there. … We got what we deserved.”

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  1. john West says:

    You love Fidel? There is no reason to love that tyrant. If you love him…. go live in Cuba and shut up.

    1. Bat Dizzle says:

      Cuba gives all citizens 21 days of food. Unfortunately there are no jobs and 30+ days in a month.

      1. Rob says:

        When can we finally admit that the “diversity” experiment has been a complete and total failure?

        Join the Council of Conservative Citizens, and let’s take our country back!

        http://www.cofcc.org

      2. Ed Padgett says:

        Sounds like what President Obama and the Democrats want….Americans to totally be dependent on Government.

      3. arizona today says:

        Give a man food and you control his life; the man becomes a beggar dependant on government handouts. Degrading

      4. PolarNakedBear says:

        That’s a pretty good deal…21 days of free food a month, almost as good a deal as Amerika where if you just work part time, you get a full month’s of food. A couple gets over $300 per month in free food here, that’s why so many are so fat. Those Cubans have the right idea to keep the obesity rate down!

      5. GR says:

        What do you expect from Ossie, he comes from Chicago where Castro is chic, with a bunch of rich, mansion living, limo riding people who fancy themselves to be communists.

        The home of Bill Ayers who was the son of a rich CEO of a utility co. Talk about a tough school of hard knocks upbringing!
        Or the Barrack Obama son of a Bank President, who went to school at ever expensive private school from Hawaii, to Occidental College, to Columbia, to Harvard, talk about another tough life of hard knocks that would drive someone to communism.

      6. comenovember says:

        How did Guillen get into the U.S.? Why is he here? This country is beset by betrayers, saboteurs and American haters. Anyone who goes to these games needs their head examined.

    2. Tim says:

      So he can’t express his opinion or have his own beliefs….. or he should get out of America?

      Thats the false freedom of the U.S. that we have all come to love so much right there….

      1. jayhd says:

        Sure Tim, he can say anything he wants. But since he is working for a team in an area of the country where a very large number of people and/or their parents and/or their grandparents risked their lives to get out of Castro’s island prison, he shouldn’t be surprised if he catches a lot of flack. And when your idiot statements have the potential to negatively effect the bottom line, don’t expect management to look to kindly on your stupidity, 1st Amendment or not!

      2. Jim says:

        You are 100% on the money. You’re allowed to have an opinion just make sure it’s the same as everyone else. Funny thing is that he hasn’t apologized for anything except this, so you know he means it.

      3. ole' says:

        He can express any thoughts he feels necessary. But when he steps in a turd pile, it doesn’t mean we all have to respect the smell it puts off.

      4. lou stools says:

        he can say anything he wants, just like you just did. he was just smart enough
        to know that people would think he was an idiot for saying it and apologized…
        we’re waiting….

      5. Kelly says:

        The government doesn’t own the Marlins so freedom of speech or opinion doesn’t matter here.

    3. Tim says:

      Land of the free……. unless you say something I disagree with then get the F out!!!

      1. JMH says:

        No one told him to get out. Neither does free speech guarantee that you will be exempt from criticism, nor that other may not exercise their freedoms, which include the freedom to tell you that you are an idiot, and the freedom not to patronize any business that you are associated with. Guillen can continue to say stupid things all he wants. No one is stopping him.

        Some of you need to go back and read the 1st amendment to the Constitution. The right to free speech safeguards us against impediments put in place by Congress. It doesn’t give any one the right to have their speech heard, or to have their speech respected, or to have their speech even tolerated, by other citizens.

      2. ConanTheRepublican says:

        No, you flaming imbecile. What part of DICTATORSHIP do you NOT understand? Will you freaking tell me the last time Castro held FREE ELECTIONS?? TELL ME!!! The fact that this idiot manager would even THINK to utter ONE STINKING word of respect for this tyrant pig is absolutely atrocious! And I don’t believe he’s sorry FOR ONE MINUTE! He holds SOME kind of weird respect for a KNOWN MURDERER!!! He should be FIRED IMMEDIATELY!

      3. liberty68 says:

        Free to say stupid things just as I am free to say he’s a complete idiot that values tyrannical dictators instead of the freedom that has allowed him to make a stupid amount of money coaching baseball

    4. jay says:

      Why not? I see little turds walking around with Che, Mao and ‘Hammer & Sickle’ shirts all the time….Why not Fidel shirts?

      People are so stupid they have no idea what these guys are about. They just know they see idiots like Sean Penn saying they are cool guys. So they are.

      We get what we deserve for being a nation of morons.

  2. Doo-dah says:

    I think Fidel Castro is a misery-inflicting communist d0uch3bag whose own daughter castigates him with much justification, but I am SICK AND TIRED of all the fake and forced “apologizing.”

    If Guillen wants to tell the world how he “admires” Castro — or Karl Marx or Chairman Mao, for that matter — then that’s his idiotic prerogative. He’s not running for president or vying for a cabinet position. He said it, the apology is HOLLOW. It proves he’s an idiot about politics and world affairs. But his business is BASEBALL. Muy muy baseball. El grande baseball.

    Oh well, I suppose it’s a bad reflection on the franchise.

    1. Tim says:

      He said he admires his resiliency….. and even though I don’t agree with his politics, its pretty hard not to admire Castro’s steadfastness and resiliency…. he just won’t go away… lol.

      1. cjk says:

        So I guess we should admire Hitler for his resiliency in the face of overwhelming odds?
        You’re despicable.

      2. ryukyutx says:

        HAHAHA hohoho lol look at all the dead dissidents…lol.

      3. Cari says:

        Tim, you are a gigantic moron of a human being. I’ll bet you also are an Obama loving fool…

    2. mike says:

      You don’t say?

  3. Some Treatment, and uh, a Breathalyzer says:

    There’s something seriously, mentally wrong with Ozzie Guillen. I can’t say if he ate too much leaded paint off the crib rails as a child or if his parents were siblings, but something went very, awfully wrong in his would-be development into a mentally whole adult.

    1. Not Chavez/Guillen says:

      I think he and Chavez must be distant cousins

    2. krp says:

      He said that he hates Chavez. Castro is Chavez on steriods, so if he doesn’t like Chavez, he couldn’t possibly like Castro.

  4. GFM2012 says:

    It’s not so outrageous… after all, in this very country, there are millions of deluded Socialist fools who revere the Marxist tyrant Obama. How sick is that?

    1. Brutally Honest says:

      They are ALL on the same team regardless. Bush n Obama r like Michael Jordan n Scottie Pippen. Same team in the long run no matter who scores.

      1. MYTZYPLYX says:

        CONGRATS BRUTALLY HONEST FOR TELLING THE TRUTH.

    2. Glen says:

      That sounds like traitor talk to me. People like you need to have your loyalty investigated.

      1. AMS says:

        thank you senator mccarthy.

    3. incredulous says:

      You see clearly. Sadly, too many posting comments are brainwashed fools. Their opinions were provided to them in a neat little box called TV or radio. They are stuck in a paradigm they may never escape from.

    4. Stevart says:

      Because the school system has been overrun by Marxist tyrants who teach only Marxist ideas and lecture against which is basis of western civilization.

  5. USMC says:

    BOYCOTT the Marlins.

    Go live in CUBA, Ozzie.

    1. Joel says:

      No one would notice, no one goes to their games anyway

    2. enos33 says:

      Boycott Obama – he’s worse than Ozzie

    3. Tim says:

      Thats the way to show how we are the land of the free…. where freedom of speech, and the press, and religious belief trumps all…. unless of course you say something that offends right wing tea baggers…. then your automatically a commie and need to leave the country….

      1. Not Chavez/Guillen says:

        Ya Tim we also have the great equalizer to people like you who want to silence us. its called the second amendment. Anytime you want to play ball, let us know…..

      2. Whitney says:

        We just want him to be happy in a country with a leader he admires that’s all.

      3. cjk says:

        Go teabag your sister you chump. We all have the right to tell him to get the f*ck out, !st Amendment hypocrite.

      4. Darren says:

        Tim, it seems to be you that has the most trouble with people who have opinions different than yours. The posters here are stating their preference that Coach Ozzie move to a political climate more akin to his own, nobody here is threatening him. Grow up Timmy and realize that not only do most Americans despise a tyrant but especially citizens of Miami where many have suffered at the hands of Fidel personally.

      5. What Say You says:

        Tim – let’s try this one.

        I think Global Warming is a fraud.
        I think gay marriage is a joke. Nobody wants it.
        I don’t see a right to abortion in the Constitution.
        It was OK for Rush to say whatever he wants about Sandra Fluke.

        How do you feel?

      6. mike says:

        Tim, if that is your understanding of free speech you are dumber than dirt and don’t realize it.

    4. gerald says:

      Acatullly, millions of people from around the world, including the U.. S., go to Cuba yearly to have a good time.

      1. derek marlowe says:

        They go because families send their teenage daughters out to ‘entertain’ the tourists for hard currency and everything can be bought cheaply.

  6. Bill McCloud says:

    When will these knuckle headed celebrities understand that they should keep their opinions to themselves? If Ozzie Guillen hadn’t been able to hit a baseball he would’ve been pumping gasoline in Venezuela for the last 30 years…he should be DAMN grateful to the United States of America, and he should shut his mouth about EVERYTHING EXCEPT for baseball.

    1. AMS says:

      he should be so grateful that he has ti give up his freedom of speech?

      1. Bill McCloud says:

        AMS, are you really so stupid that you don’t know that freedom of speech means that the GOVERNMENT cannot sensor your speech? But if someone is in a position that they are representing a business, that they CAN be fired? At a minimum, Ozzie should be suspended, because he has CERTAINLY made the Marlins organization and MLB look like fools. Selig won’t do anything, but Ozzie better be DAMN glad that he isn’t a coach in the NFL, or that he isn’t in the military, and pointed out that Obama is an idiot…

  7. pjdjmj says:

    Guillen, your admiration for vicious totalitarians sickens anyone who values human rights. You have shamed your team, family and yourself. We sincerely hope you are shunned and return to your sadly, now Communist country.

    1. RLugz says:

      I would like to add that been a Communist in America is easy if you really LOVE that system go live in it, You sicken me!

  8. been banned says:

    What do you expect from an admiited alchoholic—earlier in the week he came out and said for 24 years he has gotten drunk in the hotel bar after every road game, and then gone to sleep. 24 years of getting drunk like clockwork. His mind is saturated with booze, bad thought, and he has a foul and ugly mouth when he speaks. Unbelievealbe he shows no sympathy to even the population of Miami and South Florida—whom everyone knows has a large populace of Cuban Americans.

    Management would be wise to understand “their first loss is their best loss” with this mental midget. Send him packing, even if you have to pay the man…He will bring nothing but bad publicity to your team, your fans, and your city.

    1. Stan says:

      Well said, I thought I would be not go to games because of the distance from my
      Home but between that opening night disgrace and this dumb statement I will not
      support the owner or the midget manger!!!!!!!

  9. ONTIME says:

    It’s not what you say it’s how you say it……..that was dumb.

  10. Elle says:

    A brand new stadium built in the middle of a community that is all Cuban immigrants. Another democrat in a state of blissful ignorance. The problem with commy light people like Ozzie and the Chavez and Fidel loving crowd in Hollywood is that they have no idea what’s it like to live under tyranny. Say something the government disagrees with and you are gone in the middle of the night. Those are nations of have nots thanks to the tyrants that have lead them into the ground. To think that people here are dabbling in marxism is astounding.
    China has quickly learned it does not work and has been turning around. The greatest accomplishments about socialism/marxism/communism is that it equalizes all its citizens into one state; poverty. There, all are equally and wretchedly poor and miserable.. Message to the hollywood crown and rich folks: that includes you too.
    Vote correclty in November if you don’t want to send your country into oviblion.

    1. Brutally Honest says:

      That’s funny, didn’t OUR GOV just pass the Indefinite Detention Bill? Hmmm… Which grants OUR gov the power to DETAIN ANY AMERICAN CITIZEN for and INDEFINITE PERIOD w/o need for a cause OR trial.

      So again, tell me the difference between those tyranical countries and us? I’m lost.

      1. Conspiracy is a real word says:

        The difference is the American people have in their very identity the idea they are free. We have not fallen into full fledged tyranny until the people lose this. You, to be brutally honest, seem like you have.

      2. Conspiracy is a real word says:

        Don’t take it personally if the shoe doesn’t fit. It’s just that people are putting up resistance to tyranny when the say “Heh! this is America! Not here in the Land of the Free!”
        It doesn’t necessary represent a factual reality, but the spirit that sentiment carries is real and powerful even in these times.

    2. BobbyONJ says:

      Great post Elle! Honest and accurate. Too bad too many won’t open their minds to what you wrote!

    3. Tim says:

      Your right, that state is a state of blissful ignorance, they elected Jeb Bush.

      1. Ziggy says:

        “Your right?”. Tim, you apparently also reside in a state of b.I.

  11. mso88 says:

    Put this character on a slow boat to Cuba and leave him there. He has no place in American baseball.

  12. Buffalohair says:

    Now that treason is politically correct in America, I’m not surprised at such outbursts from public figures anymore. I’ll stick to Hockey eh…

  13. emaillong says:

    Fire the idiot! He’s toast.

  14. Brutally Honest says:

    Do some REAL research on the history of this Country, before OUR gov decides to COMPLETELY take away all our freedom on the internet n censor EVERYTHING that they dont agree with. WAKE UP.

    1. Big Bear says:

      They won’t censor us. They would be too afraid of their tender, cultured lives being disrupted as angry patriots begin voting long distance…

    2. PinkFloydFan says:

      You do realize it is the Demos that want the Fairness Doctrine that will control oour freedoms.

  15. PauvrePapillon says:

    Would a European-American who said he “admired” and “respected” Adolf Hitler still be allowed to manage the New York Yankees?

  16. NA says:

    Ha, ha, ha!!! You foolish Floridians have no idea what you’re in for with this asshat and his loudmouth family. This is just the beginning. Enjoy!
    -from a Chicago resident

    1. JAC says:

      How true! It’s all about Ozzie.

  17. Glen says:

    America is still a good country. We just need to erase the Marxist stain that is Obama from high office. Time was when avowed Marxists like him would be unable to find a decent job for their sedition. We need to get back to that.

    1. Grapost says:

      Yeah and we have to erase the War Monger Tourturer stain from the Bush years which got 5,000 Americans killed, 100,000 Iraqi Civilians killed, put a $1 Trillion Dollar hole in our Treasury and left us with nothing to show for it.

      1. Savage says:

        And now we have a Communist sympathizer/ Dictator in Training, that just want YOUR money and YOUR freedoms, and has run up over 5.5 TRILLION in Debt for YOUR kids to choke on…

      2. Bim says:

        Just go suck Obumbles d’ick and get it over with

      3. tubaman says:

        a–hole.

  18. Jamal says:

    Get rid of the traitor and give the job to an American

    1. Fred says:

      What’s more American than giving one of our jobs to some south of the border migrant worker?

  19. John S says:

    Ozzie Guillen is an idiot…plain and simple.

  20. steve says:

    brutally honest? you need to fix your perspective! stop hating America first. No Americans flee the US government to ride on a raft for 90 miles through shark infested waters for freedom. They say follow the money. I say follow the people, they are fleeing Cuba and coming here for a reason, NOT the other way around. If you don’t like America, you don’t have to stay

  21. jimboster says:

    “I will apologize if I hurt somebody’s feelings, or I hurt somebody’s thought,” Guillen told the writers. “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.”

    Was Ozzie drinking again?

  22. Miguel R. says:

    Stick a gun up any Cuban’s behind and you will rule forever too

  23. Rich Lehmann says:

    There is always one man-child that needs to say “OH WHAT ABOUT AMERICA…” and idiotic statements in the form of a question like “Who’s the REAL terrorists?” Such boring uneducated people that believe conspiracy blogs because they are too simple minded to read a book that wasn’t written by some radio personality.

  24. Osamas Pajamas says:

    Guillen is an airhead and a candle in the wind. Any blowhard gasbag spokeshole for dictatorship can blow him over with one little puff.

  25. HS says:

    Ozzie Guillen is a blight on the Marlins and on Miami. His love for a murderer will hurt the team at the box office. Wise management would replace him before it is too late.

    1. JAC says:

      Wise management would not have made him a multi-millionaire by signing his sorry butt to the big money deal they gave him. Everyone in Chicago knows that Ozzie can’t manage a lick and just loves to hear himself talk. He is much better suited for The View than managing a baseball team. This is a really bad reflexion on Marlins management. The Marlins are doomed.

  26. I. Hate Castro says:

    Hey Ozzie:
    What? This gomba Ozzie, knew how it would look to people after HE read his own words in the newspaper. How did he expect his own admiration for a social-psychopath like that sick commie SOB to look like in print? Jeez! Is Ozzie a moron, or what? Just asking. Hey Ozzie, stop smoking crack and STFU ! Ozzie is a true cabrone. Hey Marlins, show that your clowns aren’t just fried fish and fire Ozzie Guillen! He doesn’t deserve the privilage and he brings discredit and ridicule on the Marlins organization.

  27. I. Hate Castro says:

    California governor Jerry Moonbeam Brown also thinks Castro is a great guy. And, the facist democRAT party stuffed the ballot boxes and re-elected that idiot again.

    1. Tim says:

      The McCarthy hearing were over a long time ago. beat it.

  28. hng says:

    He’s now managing in Miami, and he loves Castro,….that’s hilarious!…only in America!

  29. nick says:

    It just goes to show how far baseball has deteriated. It is full of a bunch of sickos and players so full of steroids and other drugs is in no longer worth watching. It is a shame I used to love baseball.

  30. snidely70448 says:

    The guy is the manager of a baseball team, for goodness sake. Cut him some slack. Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez are both big supporters of baseball, whatever else they are. It is human nature to see people like that in the context of your life. What you see depends on where you stand. My guess is that Ozzie Guillen doesn’t think a whole lot about much outside baseball.

  31. Tom says:

    So he respects power? The fact that Castro murdered, killed people to stay in power for 60 years he respects that? He should just keep his foot in his mouth and seal it in with cement.

  32. P.J. says:

    That was real smart.

  33. The Sage Waitress says:

    Guillen’s mouth should stick to spewing four-letter words. Does he really think all those Cubans are in Miami cuz the weather is better the further north you get?

  34. eagle545 says:

    Guillon is a liberal and like all liberals he lies through his teeth. Witness the difference in his comments NOW about Chavez and what he said when he appeared on a radio show in Venezuela recently.

  35. Satan Loves Che says:

    The truth is Ozzie-you were an idiot 40 years ago and you’re an idiot today. Maybe try and keep your mouth shut in future so not to remind everyone you’ve always been an idiot.

  36. dryden01 says:

    Obviously this man is no Yogi Berra or Casey Stengel! He lacks their basic common sense and their love and respect for America and its institutions. At the same time, he would certainly fit in with the smug imbeciles who serve as commissars in the Obama Administration. He could also be an ideal left wing stooge indoctrinating students in the modern university environment. Most certainly there would be great joy in Mudville to see Guillen strike out completely at anything he does.

  37. Grayrider says:

    Ozzie can say and believe what he likes. He is an over-rated manager and has the political insight of a moron. That is the great thing about free speech it offers protection for the intelligent as well as the ignorant

  38. JAC says:

    Ozzie is a blowhard and a horrible manager.and person to boot. Typical loser liberal-he signs a multi-million dollar deal and then reveals his admiration for the murdering man of the people Castro. He is also a big fan of Chavez. The Marlins will rue the day that they brought this clown show into town.

  39. berto delos santos says:

    we love freedom of speach

  40. LAL15 says:

    Ozzie Guillen is not telling the truth. Just like fellow countryman Chavez who loves Fidel Castro. He should resign is shame for his support of the brutal dictorship Castro represented. Ozzie is now a liar now and will tell you whatever you want to hear now just like every other socialist when confronted.

    1. Not Chavez/Guillen says:

      He should be jeered at every major league park, I imagine he will be lustfully booed in St Louis, Philly, Houston etc… probably cheered in San Francisco

  41. Mark says:

    I’m confused. The Mainstream media ( CBS included) have long employed anchors and newspeople who fawn over Caastro and his WONDERFUL health care system ( Which buned the guts of his #1 friend from Venezuela) Why can the media love Castro and Ozzie Guillen cannot?

  42. Reason8200 says:

    I used to like Ozzie, turns out he his and idiot and a dirtbag. Fire this loser and let him get a job for Castro.

  43. Greg says:

    Exhibit 1 of why I blame the media for much of our troubles. Why ask the man political questions? Stick to baseball, he’ll still say a lot of goofy things I promise.

  44. Smitty says:

    Please go live there and take Obama with you – he can be his replacement and you can be attorney general.

  45. Paul from NJ says:

    I’m sure he loves Obama too. Mindless manager.

    1. Tim says:

      Yeah, what kind of unamerican fool would ever love the democratically elected leader of the free world…. what a COMMIE!!!

  46. JAC says:

    Na na na na
    Na na na na
    Hey hey
    Goodbye

  47. Grapost says:

    REPEAT AFTER ME! Ozzie Guillen is a JERK! Always has been, always will be. He is an embarrassment to baseball and makes Latinos look bad. He should be managing in the Minor Leagues If a Team Owner want’s headlines, there are better ways to get them than hiring this Nut Case.

    1. Tim says:

      Yeah, he utilized his right to freedom of speech and gave his opinion….. what a jerk!!! How Unamerican!!!

      Of course, if any of you tea baggers actually read the quote you would see he only said he loved Castro’s resiliency….. not the man himself… but as most FOX hounds, your just a title reader.

      1. Rick says:

        Dear Tim, Yes, he has a right to say whatever he wants, and live by the consequences. Freedom of speech works both ways. Just like liberal fools like you attacked Rush, we can also stop going to Marlin games while this idiot is the manager.

  48. GatorKW says:

    “The reason I say I admire him is because a lot of people want to get rid of this guy and they couldn’t yet,”
    Ozzie must love the hell out of cancer. It’s been killing millions of people and we’ve been try to get rid of it forever.

    1. Grapost says:

      Hey I admire Ozzie because alot of people want to get rid of him too! Ha. Ha.!

  49. PinkFloydFan says:

    Does the term “poopy for brains ” mean anything Ozzie. One more thing Ozzie please change your name from Ozzie, you are insulting Ozzy Osborne and shortstop Ozzie Smith.

  50. Hidalgo says:

    Guillen needs to be fired RIGHT NOW to make a statement to the Cuban community. He LIED about his association with CHAVEZ, and he is likeling lying about his motives in this instance. He will not be taking the Miami Marlins to any post-seasons in the near future, and he just cost the team millions of dollars in support.

  51. Palmettohawk says:

    He is not upset over the fact he said it. He is upset that he got caught saying he likes Castro. As he stated he likes Chavez. He is not proud of his Socialist’s heritage enough to repeat it when caught on tape. He should LOVE the Communist Dictator Obama though

  52. S. Plisken says:

    What’s the big deal?!? Our own dear leader and President, Barack Hussein Obama, admires commie dictators like Castro and Chavez as well, and sweet talks the Russians and their gangster leader, Putin……I don’t hear anybody calling for Obama to apologize.

  53. Dave says:

    Fire the azzclown Ozzie Guilen and send him back to Hugo in Venezuela!!

  54. adoptek says:

    You can’t take back a remark like that. You need to resign for the good of the team.

    1. Tim says:

      So you think someone should resign from their job for thinking Castro is a good guy? So…. freedom of speech unless they disagree with you?

      1. cjk says:

        No you hypocrite, he has a right to express the opinion that they should resign. DUH

  55. Dave says:

    Now mind you, I , personally, am not making any threats, but Ozzie the Azzclown with the big mouth and no brain, had better walk around Miami with an entourage of bodyguards for now on!!

  56. thomas says:

    Baseball player’s have always been know for their low intelligence.

  57. fidel the liberador says:

    I don’t love him, but he’s no worse than his sourgrapes expatriates goldbricking in this country. And he’s no worse than any of the craven and murderous, Progressive Presidents plaguing US for the past 100 yrs.
    Just a thought. I guess he’s ineligible for Prez, but he could be a Senador.

    1. David says:

      What an ignorant baffoon you are.

    2. Wallace says:

      What did one moron say to the other moron? Read “fidel the liberador” for the answer.

    3. Philly Phanantic says:

      Why doesn’t Ozzie apply to manage the Cuban National Team? I think I’m correct – Castro mandated there could be no professional baseball in Cuba. Ozzie you are a a-hole. Let’s hope the Phillies crush the Marlin’s this year and Jose Contreras strikes-out every Marlin he faces. And thanks–that greatly beloved Philly Tony Taylor left Cuba before Castro could nationalize baseball, his chosen profession. He was a joy to watch and Philadephia Phillies fans love him to this day. He is still one of the most popular Phillies ever. Thank you Castro – your lose is our gain.

  58. PHILLY JIM says:

    this reminds me of when Bill Maher said he felt the 9/11 hijackers acted couragesly. Hey, people who love to hear themselves talk, like Ozzie, Maher, Limbaugh and obama, just cant help but say stupid things without thinking of the consequences. Because they love to hear themselves talk. And it’s all about them, not the situation at hand.
    at least of all those, ozzie is just the manager of a baseball team- he holds no real power.

  59. LZ_Xray says:

    Ozzie, you’re a dope.

  60. Old White Sox Fan says:

    Ozzie, if you love Castro and his Commie ways so much why didn’t you play baseball for him all these years? Could it have been all the money you’ve gotten in this evil, Capitalist country. Guys like you always love Communism for everyone but themselves.

  61. Birmarunga says:

    Hey Ozzie its only about 100 miles to Cuba from Key West. I can send you an inner tube and you can leave today.

  62. incredulous says:

    Castro is no worse than any of our presidents. As a matter of fact he is actually better than all of them. He didn’t kill the millions our representatives have, based on lies. You don’t even know the history of Cuba. Do you think Batiste was a good guy? Castro has been in power for so long because he is respected by his people. Batiste was turning Cuba over to international bankers. I guess you think he is a communist. You are ignorant; as indicated by your inability to disengage the CAPS LOCK. ~SMIRK~

    1. cps3434 says:

      “respected by his people” – you freaking liying idiot. The Cuban peiople are enslaved. The GDP of Cuba was bigger and greater weallth per capita when Batista was in power. You are the ignorant one. You are an idiot.

    2. arthurhouse says:

      You are so blatently stupid onso many fronts that it defies logic to try and correct you. Ignorance is bliss in your case. Stay stoned!

    3. TxGrown says:

      So I guess you live in Cuba where freedom reigns under a thoughtful caring leader.

    4. Bogusbob says:

      You must be living in France. Having been stationed there, and talking with a lot of the Cubans that worked at GTMO, castro is just another joe stalin, or Mao, etc.,, He did murder a lot of people, and the Russians helped him do it. Batista was a bad guy, but not as bad as Castro. Communisim doesn’t work. Cuba could be a very wealthy plce, but the castro brothers won’t allow it.

    5. David says:

      Spoken Ike a true Obama Democrat!

    6. OrlandoRican says:

      Either you are a complete idiot or you are just fanning the fire.

    7. Dave says:

      Fidel or is this Raul. I didn’t know you were letting people use the internet. Oh, that’s right it’s only for you murderous POS not the enslaved people of Cuba.

  63. James Jordan says:

    You’re fired

  64. incredulous says:

    I can tell most of the comments come from sports loving idiots. You should all shut yer cake holes because it is you who are destroying a once great country like America. You are all TV addicted fools. You won’t look up from your sheep/pig feeder until all the food is gone. You people calling for the firing of someone who expresses an opinion, an asked for opinion I might add, are not real Americans. You are traitors to the ideals that men have fought and died for. In my America an opinion is sacred. My America is a constitutional Republic. Your America is a democracy. I see the same people railing against B.O…. Why? He likes democracy just like you. Infinitus est numerous stultorum!

  65. royh says:

    How do spell IDIOT – O Z Z I E

  66. iambicpentamaster says:

    “Guillen told Time magazine that he loves Castro and respects him for staying in power so long.”

    Maybe Barack can be Obamessiah for life?

  67. chip says:

    What do you expect from Ozzie–he was born in Venezula.

    1. Not Chavez/Guillen says:

      Indeed. Venezuela would love to see South Florida hit with a dirty bomb. The red shirted chavistas would dance and party to Cup of life ole ole ole, kill the gringos, its time to play. Venezuela is our biggest enemy in the americas

  68. leslie says:

    Well than he must really admire Hitler

  69. Savage says:

    Florida Marlins ??? Miami Marlins… Who really cares… Ozzie is a loud mouth.. he will be there a few years, they will lose, he will rant and he will be fired and will be recycled to another team… Baseball is almost dead… who cares!!!

  70. WilliamPenn says:

    Obama worships Castro Look for Guillen to be honored at the White House.

  71. Tom Genin says:

    Ozzie should be fired.

    Or keep him and be bood forever. Loser.

  72. jlmtx says:

    Castro is a brutal and murderous dictator with the blood of countless victims on his hands. He has oppressed thousands. He has murdered his opponents. He has ruined the life potential of millions so that he could live a rarified and privileged life nourished by the blood of his victims.

    To express any admiration for him is to support evil.

    We can only hope that Ozzie is simply an idiot.

  73. marty46500 says:

    Ozzie is clearly an idiot.
    He keeps contradicting himself, then apologizing for it.

    He should have enough sense to keep his mouth shut and keep his radical politics to himself. At least if he wants to keep his job in an area heavily populated by Cuban refugees and their descendents.

    He may be a good manager, but he is a very stupid man.
    If a white man was this insensitive, he would have been fired long ago.

  74. juan one says:

    Whats taking SO LONG? Someone with a pair of baseballs in the front office needs to show this man the door……..Bye Bye!!

  75. David says:

    Based on many of these comment America =The LAND OF HATE

    1. Mr. Wee Wee says:

      Mr. Wee Wee sez “yOu gO girl” and STAND FIRM BEHIND Barack!

  76. eps930 says:

    Cuba libre! (Some day when the killer filth of Cubans dies and goes to hell).

  77. Alex says:

    Guillen may ask himself exactly how Castro has stayed in power so long. Nice to know he is proud of that. Pathetic.

  78. Mr. Wee Wee says:

    Mr. Wee Wee sez “yOu gO girl” and also STAND FIRM behind Barack!

  79. hughglass says:

    Marlins should fire this worthless POS NOW. He and his insane pitcher are both venezulian communist idiots. He comes here, makes a fortune and stabs us in the back. That this bum and zambrano can make millions makes me sick.

  80. John D. says:

    Not another 10 cents for the Marlins until he is gone. Period.

  81. Garr Obo says:

    Goodbye Ozzie. That was the third rail of baseball. You can get caught scr**ing little boys or betting against your own team, but “I love Fidel” in south Florida? Uh-uh.

  82. tubaman says:

    What an idiot!!If he didn’t mean what he said why did say it.Guillen is a mental midget and shows it.

  83. nasty ned says:

    I will not be going to the new stadium this year. I cancelled my hotel reservations and rental car. This guy is an idiot and should be canned.

  84. Not Chavez/Guillen says:

    Venezuela enemy of both Colombia and the USA

  85. changomango says:

    Ozzie is a racist ingrate, I’ve watched several interviews he’s done with Spanish language stations, he openly expresses his disdain for the United States, states his racist views on white players as inferior and his dislike for American culture, etc..etc…wish an American newspaper would translate those interviews and report on them.

    1. OrlandoRican says:

      That would be politically incorrect. It would be the honest truth, but we can’t have that.

  86. malcom says:

    imagine if a WHITE coach says he admired hitler or stalin? but then again we have blacks (and whites) who admire obama, another dictator.

  87. KeepitReal says:

    Our murdering leaders are no better than Fidel. Get off your high horse America!

    1. ConanTheRepublican says:

      And uh, just WHERE are these “murdering leaders”, Mr. Einstein? I’ll bet MONEY you’re with those worthless white trash OWS punks, huh? Squattin’ this summer on daddy’s dime, are ya? Just how DO you people camp out for MONTHS at a time without working??? AMAZING! Swine.

  88. stonedome says:

    “He is a brutal dictator who has caused unthinkable pain for more than 50 years.
    yet obama wants to make nice with him…where’s the outrage? this managers words have little weight other than to get people angry, but our presidents words form our nations policy and all of the power of the united states behind it. wake the hell up to the real world!

  89. Som says:

    What about the dictator we have right here in the United States?

  90. Richard says:

    His apology changes nothing.

    While I despise all communists, I think it is absurd that he should apologize for stating what he thinks, how he truly feels about Castro. He has the right to love Castro.

    And there can be absolutely no doubt that apology aside, he still loves Castro.

  91. GF says:

    Hey! we have Fidel “junior” in the White House, and I don’t hear the same outrage towards the people who supports this POS.

  92. theotherhanddude says:

    Clearly, this dummy is a supporter of both Castro and Chavez. He just now fears reprisals, nothing more.

  93. Tony Moschetti says:

    Ozzie, you disappoint me, as I’ve always loved your candor. In fact I suggested that you do the Yankee post game interviews so we could get the truth, but this was a bit over the top.

    Ozzie, YOU’RE IN MIAMI now, with a lot of people who risked their lives to escape Castro’s tyranny.

  94. biffula says:

    guillen is in the wrong town to make a comment like that. Cubans in the U.S. hate Castro. I knew guillen was stupid, I just didn’t know how stupid.

  95. Maria-Erlinda says:

    WELL SAID TOM!!!

  96. Notch Johnson says:

    I’d rather have Castro than Obama any day.

  97. stumpCHUNKMAN says:

    Hitler held on to power for a long time too, but I’m pretty confident that I will never say “I love Hitler” without the last two words “being dead” at the end of the statement.

  98. aelfheld says:

    Send him to Havana to coach.

  99. Joe E in the IE says:

    “The reason I say I admire him is because a lot of people want to get rid of this guy and they couldn’t yet,” Guillen told the Sun-Sentinel.

    It’s called “no free elections” and “suppression of human liberties”. Yeah, that’s admirable all right.

    Oh, and his friend Che’s favorite pastime, executing nuns and priests while forcing their students and congregations to watch, is just so MANLY!

  100. Phil N says:

    Any apology that includes “if I” in it is not real. His apology should be real or he should continue to be denounced. He not only was wrong to admire a low life like Castro but to do it while managing a team in the city with the largest Cuban-American population is just plain stupid.

  101. Maria-Erlinda says:

    Misguided/misinformed/brainwashed people like Ozzie are the ones who elected Obama.

  102. Big D says:

    It’s been nearly forty three years; the Cold War has ended; we have diplomatic relationships with Russia, China, not to mention Vietnam, but still we cling to this ridiculous embargo against the tiny island of Cuba. It’s time our foreign policy caught up with the twenty first century, in this regard.

    1. ConanTheRepublican says:

      Yeah, brilliant, Albert. How about when that porker has FREE ELECTIONS?? HUH?? If we gave this pig aid, he would simply tell them it was from him, NOT from the USA, and you know it. We should’ve successfully ENDED this subhuman bucket of filth 40 years ago. Can’t be THAT hard.

  103. transgenic452 says:

    Yet ANOTHER one of those increasingly seen weasely and pathetic “I apologize IF it offended someone….” non-apologies.

    A true and meaningful apology for one’s actions or statements is unconditional. You take full responsibility and recognize what you did or said was damaging.

    Anything less is meaningless.

  104. stopthemorons says:

    Hasn’t Ozzie over stayed his visit to MLB.

  105. Jonathan Silberger says:

    Obviously this manager is a commie. He should absolutely live in cuba to experience how his hero made it such a wonderful country!!!!!!! What an a-hole!! Fire his commie butt!!!!!!

  106. Not Chavez/Guillen says:

    Remember what south american country did not condemn the attacks on 9/11. There was only one– the one that begins with a “V”. The same country that provides hezbollah training bases on Margarita Island. the same country that roughs up its jewish population, forcing them to flee to friendly Colombia. The same country that gives FARC terrorist next door in Colombia, millions of dollars in aid and arms.The same people who made fun of and mocked americans and others leaping from the WTC on 9/11, remember that you people in South Florida when you have to deal with Venezuelans in your everyday lives. they are animals.

  107. Not Chavez/Guillen says:

    That’s what happens when your franchise is owned by an effiminate NY art dealer, not a baseball man. Also his parading of a very ill Muhammed Ali was sad and vile. I wonder if Jeffrey Loria also hates americans? I wonder if he supports Chavez and castro? Chances are he does- he is a NY art dealer- hard core lefty

  108. 6765637884 says:

    If you want to hear about folks who love Castro, then read some of the things members of the Congressional Black Caucus said after meeting Fidel in 2009:

    “It was almost like listening to an old friend.”

    “In my household I told Castro he is known as the ultimate survivor.”

    “He looked right into my eyes and he said, ‘How can we help? How can we help President Obama?'”

    “I think that what really surprised me, but also endeared me to him was his keen sense of humor, his sense of history and his basic human qualities.”

    “[Fidel] was very engaging and very energetic.”

    “We’ve been led to believe that the Cuban people are not free, and they are repressed by a vicious dictator, and I saw nothing to match what we’ve been told.”

    “If there is repression in Cuba we didn’t see it.”

    They also liked Raul, and said “He’s one of the most amazing human beings I’ve ever met.”

    1. Not Chavez/Guillen says:

      Well the black caucus would love to persecute whitey. they want us to die

  109. Gene says:

    I live in Florida and supported the Marlin’s , but that’s over now. POS

  110. Santa Realty says:

    Tonight he will be writing on the walls with a bloody chicken claw.

  111. Sam Houston says:

    If Guillen is a fan of Catro and Chavez, then I bet he’s a huge booster of AIDS and cancer. All are killers.

  112. Ken says:

    It’s certainly his right to speak his mind but this was a Seriously stupid thing to say. Imagine going to Jerusalem and praising Hitler. Not a good idea if you plan on staying long.

  113. Mr. Wee Wee says:

    Mr. Wee Wee lOves me sOme Ozzie Guillen!!! yOu gO girl and STAND FIRM behind Barack!

    1. ConanTheRepublican says:

      Hey, choad-boy…can you please SHOOT yourself? Do the world a favor, eh?

  114. ChiSox Fanatic says:

    Get ready Miami, this is only the beginning of Ozzie’s verbosity. He blurts first and often and thinks, sometimes, later. I loved watching him play short and managing in 2005. But his humor and even childish ways wore thin at the end. And, a friend of mine who knows a lot more about the game both as a center fielder and manager, always did claim he was the worst manager the White Sox ever had.

    Good luck Miami. And Go you White Sox!

  115. Paul says:

    I admire Ozzie Guillen’s honesty about his admiration for the tyrant. Otherwise, he is a complete idiot.

  116. Sal says:

    Sometime tell Ozzie about the political prisons in Cuba. The fans should boycott the games until he is fired.

  117. phuc-it says:

    oh ozzie you big lovable fuzzball you always put your foot in your mouth! but this is america you can say whatever you want you harmless brown piece of crust!! may the cubans in miami put you on a raft an sail you to cuba you cute mustached fecal remnant!!

  118. pete says:

    Why does anyone do interviews with these liberal rags? They insist on turning everything to politics then twist what people say.

  119. ihnas says:

    baseball been berry berry good to me..baseball been berry good to me

  120. Chicago Dave says:

    This is why just a few years after winning a World Series Chicago finally launched that racist South American Castrohumping scuzzzz. He’s been in America for 40 years and he still can’t speak English. Typical scuuzzz whom without pro sports would be cutting sugar cane all day and night.

  121. Tasmanian_Devil says:

    Miami Marlins?

    Isn’t that a fish?

  122. What Say You says:

    It’s obvious. Ozzie thought he was still in the South Side of Chicago where Castro is revered by Obama, Ayers, Wright and others.

  123. ChicagoXile says:

    “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.”

    Yet, if you visit a college campus or a Michael Moore movie screening or a Occupy Something camp or a Democratic National Convention, those interviewed won’t be saying such negative things about Cuba or Castro. Why is that? Who’s right?

  124. jasonn13 says:

    Darn near a firing offense if’n I owned that team.

  125. bc3b says:

    Ozzie Guillen always has been a jerk and he always will be a jerk.

  126. secretariatsmeadowbblog says:

    Dumb Ozzie. The majority of people that will fill the new stadium are people who escaped Castro. He should go back to Venezuela and see if he can save Hugo from God’s wrath.

  127. Nobody says:

    So this guy is just like Sean Penn, Harry Belafonte and Danny Glover, who idolize Fidel Castro and what he has done to his people…. instead of the 3 stooges there in now an extra stooge

  128. bernieb says:

    He probably LOVES Che Guevara as well !

  129. Catman says:

    So lets see if he admires Fidelito for his personal staying power… I guess he also admired Osama Bin Laden after all he was the most wanted man on the planet and he managed to hide for 10 + years.

    Ozzie — you are a supreme JERK and A**

  130. Sardondi says:

    Denouncing Cuba is a cheap and meaningless act…which of course is why the Marlins did it. What should be done (and what would please the fans not just of the Marlins but the fans of freedom) is to immediately fire Ozzie so he can personally express his love for Fidel while managing a team in Cuba. Just think how much more Guillen could love Castro if he actually knew first-hand what he was talking about instead of spouting the equivalent of a Che tee-shirt.

  131. Castros a mass killer says:

    Ozzie must be drinking again. Way to go this will help attendence, enrage the entire cuban population of the greayer Miami area who have lost thousands of relatives tortured and murdered by Castro by saying he admires and loves the guy lol.

  132. mike says:

    Ozzie Guillen, May you and your ball team go straight to hell you commie piece of $hit.

  133. lemuel says:

    Ozzie is like Charles Barkley, the media loves both just for the outrageous comments they make, neither has the IQ to carry on a decent discussion, Ozzie be working for ESPN or TNT after his baseball career.

  134. stoptouchingthatmabel says:

    In America you have the right to be as dumb as you can be and apparently Ozzie is exercising the he11 out of that right.

  135. Mr. Wee Wee says:

    Mr. Wee Wee sez “Ozzie, yOu gO girl” and STAND FIRM behind Barack!

  136. reject says:

    Some of us who remember when Castro seized power in Cuba also recall that he had his own people massacred in doing so. That’s forever. Time doesn’t alter the fact. The newspaper pics at the time were horrific. To say that you love and respect Castro is like saying the same thing about Stalin or Hitler – or have you all forgotten that history, too? I’d like to hear from people affected by Castro, whose family members he murdered, tell us how they feel about Guillen’s remark. I have no respect for Guillen and no respect for MLB if this guy hangs around much longer.

  137. Mr. Wee Wee says:

    Mr. Wee Wee lOves me sOme Ozzie Guillen’s mouth! yOu gO girl and STAND FIRM behind Barack!

  138. arizona today says:

    Ozzie is a foolish man who chooses his words carelessly. You don’t “admire” someone just for staying in “power” — which in this case refers to an evil dictator.

  139. SerfCityHereWeCome says:

    Egads what a drooling idiot. Should be really good for business in MIAMI(!). Maybe after he gets fired for costing the team’s gate a million fans this year, he can become manager of the Braves and tell the locals how great General Sherman was, and then after getting fired from there, become the Mets’ manager and thank al Qaeda for helping clean up lower Manhattan’s cluttered skyline.

  140. Trevor says:

    Ozzie is as dumb as they come.

  141. Dirk Diggler says:

    Sounds like Guillen is your typical hyprocrial Democrat. He tries to have it both ways.
    If he was really sorry he would get on the public address system before every Marlin home game and retract his support for Castro.
    Just another Democrat that as no values.

  142. che' says:

    Really ozzie nobody cares why you love/admire Fidel. as long as you are the manager, i will not patronize anything that is miami marlins.

    Hey ozzie, hypocrite, it’s a word you shouild learn the meaing of, but then again, just look in the mirror.

  143. ClearyJ says:

    Guillen’s comment was similar to one I made to my parents (Jewish) when I was a kid, that Hitler was a “great” man. They were rightly horrified at my use of the word “great,” but I meant it in the Time “person of the year award” sense – not as a matter of praise. The right way to say it was that Hitler was an impactful man, of which there is no denying. This, of course, is what’s wrong with Time’s award – it’s a use of language that is not common parlance. Most people mean “admirable” when they call someone “great.” They don’t mean it to be a synonym with “impactful.” Admiration for something good ought to be harder to achieve than the ability to bring down a hammer and shatter the expensive crystal that is brought out for special guests.

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  145. john a. naguski says:

    all i can say isozzie move to cuba and have the opportunity to make the money you make here in the good old usa. no chance.

  146. Ford Prefect says:

    Cuban Americans were politically useful during the Cold War and got special treatment compared with most other immigrants. Those days are done, yet their sense of entitlement knows no end. Listen, even a second generation or third generation Cuban American, born in the US, never having set foot in Cuba knows but one passtime… Hating Castro. It is their be all and end all and their only reason to exist. They and us might all be better served if they were to take their hatred and anger back to Cuba and see if they can’t achieve the thing they so loudly profess to want. Sadly, this will impact the local baseball team and market. In the big scheme of things however Cuban Americans don’t have the numbers or influence to matter much nationally… Don’t treat them as more important than they are. If you want to pander to a latin immigrant group, befriend Mexican Americans… much more peaceful, entrepeneurial not entitlement minded and making up 2/3 of the Latin immigrant population of the US… A whole lot more baseball tickets to sell there than in Little Havana.

  147. Chas Roberts says:

    Two things to remember about the Miami Cuban American population… 1. Their sole reason to exist is to hate Castro, and for hating Castro on your behalf, you owe them. And 2. Just as soon as you don’t agree with and support them 100%, they will turn on your viciously and venomously… remember “Tu no eres Cubano!!”

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