I don’t have a problem with Ozzie Guillen remaining as the manager of the Marlins. I don’t have to like the manager to be a Marlins fans. But I can’t do the wink wink about the press conference apology. Here’s what Guillen said:
It was misinterpreted. What I mean in Spanish, when he asked me in Spanish, I was thinking in Spanish
Which of course raises the question in what language did Chicago sports writer Rick Telander speak to him in 2008 when he replied with the same answer:
And I asked him this: “Who’s the toughest man you know?”
His response, which took me by surprise: “Fidel Castro.”
“He’s a bull—- dictator and everybody’s against him, and he still survives, has power. Still has a country behind him,” Ozzie replied. “Everywhere he goes, they roll out the red carpet. I don’t admire his philosophy; I admire him.”
As someone who’s been a big Marlins homer, disliking the manager will be a nice change of pace. How big a homer have I been? I was upset when John Boles was let go. At least once a day, I lament Jorge Cantu not getting to 30 home runs in 2008, which would have meant that the Marlins entire infield accomplished the feat, a first in MLB history.
So back off or ‘marcha asi atrás,’ in case Guillen is having this read to him.
The Marlins corporate strategy is the obvious big loser here. The fact that most [all?] of the local media who make their living directly or indirectly reporting on the Marlins support Guillen staying may just be a reflection of their first-hand knowledge of the man, but the fact that their opinions align so neatly with their self-interest is a little too convenient.
Thanks for stating what all real Marlins fans should be feeling: the team is more than Ozzie Guillen. About his “language problem”, I’ll give Ozzie this much: he’s consistent in his two comments about Fidel. It wasn’t like he said “I love his work in education and health care and those who disagree get what they deserve” in one comment and then backtracked in the other. Both statements were shallow, idiotic and extremely insensitive. They were also virtually identical in that it wasn’t an admiration of Fidel’s politics but a childish, macho admiration for his longevity.
To me, the consistency of his two comments helps draw my conclusion that his apology was legitimate. Hopefully he learned a thing or two. It’s never too late to hope, right? 😉