Everyone Defending Ozzie Guillen Needs to Shut Up and Respect Capitalism

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Anyone familiar with Miami wasn't surprised that Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen's comments about Fidel Castro set off a fire storm. But certain folks in the sports world were off on the sidelines scratching their heads or muttering things about how baseball managers aren't diplomats. Some are even defending Guillen. That said, some should shut up. Guillen got off pretty lightly for what he said, and the public controversy and suspension is just the work of good ol' American capitalism at its finest.

Deadspin's initial report about the comments came with a detached tone and dismissal of any ensuing controversy.

"This whole episode is nothing more than 'Exhibit Z' in the case of Ozzie Guillén against smart things said, and if you are taking this guy seriously, you deserve whatever stress he causes," Sean Newell wrote.

"Who is Guillen? A diplomat? An elected official?" Paul Whitefield wrote for the L.A. Times before concluding that Guillen got "jobbed" worse in Florida than Al Gore.

On social media, scores of users are shouting things about censorship and how they thought this was a free country.

I'd wager that the majority of those people have not had to flee their own country -- a country, led by a murderous dictator, where things such as blogs, a free press, and social media don't exist. Good for them. Neither have we. But they do live in America, and they should be familiar with capitalism. Capitalism informs just about every aspect of American life, including (or perhaps especially) professional sports.

Only under capitalism could a guy who coaches a baseball team, a job where the demands apparently don't interfere with getting hammered at a hotel bar every night, make $2.5 million a year.

The Marlins, like all pro sports teams, are able to pay Guillen his princely sum because they (A) provide entertainment and (b) people associate pride in their corporate sports team with pride in their local community. The economics of professional sports rests on the fact that people who live in the community represented by a team actually, you know, like that team and feel a bond with it.

The Marlins are walking a tricky tightrope of popularity right now. No one forgets the two times the team won the World Series and then sold off the crown jewels from their roster. No one forgets the crappy rosters the team pretended was a pro team for the rest of their years. No one forgets the messy public financing drama that paid for their new park.

The new stadium and roster have provided some excitement after all of that drama, though, and the Marlins now have to do everything in their power to keep that good feeling flowing. Of course, what happened with Guillen is one of the worst things that could have happened.

Guillen said, "I love Fidel Castro." (As a side note, we'd bet, say, if Joe Philbin, Al Golden, or Eric Spolestra said the same thing, the protests would be even larger, because, well, people actually care about those teams down here.) Nothing alienates Miami's Cuban-American community faster, and even the non-Cubans understand the stupidity and insensitivity of that remark.

Let's not make lazy equivocations. We're talking about different types of evil here. But imagine if an MLB manager said, "You know, I respect Adolf Hitler" or "that Osama Bin Laden was a helluva guy." No one would be left scratching their heads when that manager was promptly fired. The emotions concerning Fidel Castro in Miami are similar.

So if you're a sports team desperately trying to sell your revamped product to Miami citizens, a large chunk of whom are Cuban-Americans, from a controversial outpost in Little Havana you do not want one of the public faces of your organization saying things like, "I love Fidel Castro." It's not good for business. It's not good for the bottom line. It's not good for the American capitalist way. So you have to do something. You have to make the guy apologize in a highly dramatic news conference. You have to send down some form of punishment.

Anyone who thinks Guillen should have escaped this episode without any bruises simply doesn't understand the economics of pro sports. The guy might be a rambling blabbermouth, and thoughts concerning Cuba in Miami might be evolving, but there's just no room for anyone who wants to do any business down here to express love and admiration for Fidel Castro. You can't alienate your customer base, folks.

Isn't that taught in Business 101?

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Hflatorre
Hflatorre

What about freedom of speech. Isn't that important? Of course not. capitalism is based on hypocresy. The same "anti-Communist" that go on a panic attack on a praise to Castro, have no problem making lots of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ with China.. But of course, politicians don't have to kiss Chinese butt to get elected....yet. 

common
common

Shocked at how so many people believe this issue has somehow violated Freedom of speech. This incident has nothing to do with freedom of speech. Go into work tomorrow morning , and tell your boss to go F**k himself. You have that right! See if there's any repercussions. Some things you just cant say.

OMGIheartFidel
OMGIheartFidel

"Guillen said, "I love Fidel Castro.""

That's part of the quote and the rest of the quote makes a huge difference in what he said.   Very lazy reporting.

"what happened with Guillen is one of the worst things that could have happened."

and talk about hyperbole!  Really, a quote essentially saying he respected him for being a survivor when everyone was trying to kill him is one of the worst things that could have happened?   above say pulling a Sandusky?  Or cheating with an employee and crashing his motorcycle?

Get a life people, it was just a weak joke.

Inner tube highway
Inner tube highway

After reading all this crap it really shows your all fools, Cubans are all cowards with shit on their balls, Cuba is a cesspool of shit worse than Haiti. Cubans gave the country to the Castro's by a popular vote goes to show you how dumb they are. They still have no clue there all a bunch of half civilized tree dwellers.

I can't stand the Marlins or any sports clubs their all a bunch of crooks, it's about taking your money who gives a shit what Ozzie said and why should the Cubans care they left Cuba they didn't stay to fight for it.

Tropic123
Tropic123

Cubans in Miami felt offended by Guillen's comments.  If they feel like boycotting the Marlins, they have that right. If the Marlins feel that Guillen's comment has caused irreparable damage and keeping him around is costing them, then FIRE his ass. 

Eric Weiss
Eric Weiss

You say that most of us did not have to flee our country of origin and that the criticism of Ozzie is valid because of the dictatorship which he may have complemented took away people's freedom. The people criticizing Ozzie and demanding his firing or resignation are violating one of the major freedoms they gained in coming to this country: Freedom of speech and expression. The man made a mistake, yes, but to demonize him is precisely the kind of a response a person praising capitalism would face in Cuba. How about we be better than Cuba, accept a sorry man's apology, and not try chasing him out of town as if we demand everyone conform to our beliefs?

Thirdfrank
Thirdfrank

Kyle munzenhrdingerishnuard... Whatever your name is....

Your a moron.I can't believe you get paid to regurgitate your opinion.Even worse, I can't believe I read it.Exile yourself to Cuba immediately.

Mambi Watch
Mambi Watch

Good article, but readers would be interested in knowing that this article represents the minority opinion in the Ozzie scandal. Several newspapers used online polls to survey their readers and the majority opinion seems to be that Guillen shouldn't have been penalized at all, or that the suspension was fair.

Few, like yourself, thought Guillen "got off pretty lightly."

Also, within your article lies a paradox. Why should some people "shut up?" Whatever happened to the marketplace of ideas?

Howiefan
Howiefan

Very well thought out article. Your analogies of Hitler and Bin Laden are spot on. At this point it is everything about economics. For now the Marlins have lost any momentum that they had, in trying to sell tickets to their new ballpark.  Any pro team that loses the support of its fan base, has nothing. That's the ultimate in economics.

I don't think that Guillen can survive in Miami as a team manager.  The Marlins' front office is probably looking to see what the reaction of the 5 days suspension is, and also if there is a way to buy out Guillen's contract or fire him out right.

As to the freedom of speech comments from select people in the media and here, get over it! No one is put Guillen in jail over this. That's all that freedom of speech guarantees. If he said the wrong political thing in Havana, he'd be in jail by now, because they don't have freedom of speech. Where freedom of speech ends, accountability takes over. Ozzie Guillen has to be accountable for what he says. If that means he loses his job, that doesn't mean he lost his freedom of speech. It just means he's a damn fool.

Que Bolon Tiburon
Que Bolon Tiburon

This whole city is backed up fucked up and set aside from the rest of the nation because of cubans. Daleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

Quian35
Quian35

The land of the freedoms, but forget speak your mind if it does not bind with the submissive mob

Juan Andres Morales
Juan Andres Morales

yo, Fidel isn't Hitler. Pick up a history book and stop spreading hate mongering ignorance. Miamians aren't just Cubans and we are sick and tired of your stupid reign of terror.

Juan Andres Morales
Juan Andres Morales

Yo, learn common sense and maybe a bit of history. It;ll do ya good. Fidel Castro isn't Hitler. You insult jews with your stupid comparison.

Yani Fernandez
Yani Fernandez

I am Cuban and Cubans need to shut up already, the guy apologized, and this is a FREE country, they came here for freedom well is called freedom of speech a much it may hurt to hear it, he is entitled to his own opinion and he is FREE to express it, I have heard worse things about the president of our nation and no one has punished the people that said it.  

nanook5
nanook5

also, the very fact that the writer is asking us to waive our rights to free speech in order to "respect" an economic system that profits off of murder, slavery, and theft...all just in the title...is a true coup of journalistic skill.

nanook5
nanook5

FUCK capitalism!!!

anyone who says they love obama deserves worse treatment. i don't see any cuban special ops, cuban tanks, or cuban drones murdering anyone in the middle east or south asia lately, must be that evil socialist-controlled media. same for the 150+ plus cuban military bases and black ops torture sites they've built all across the world, undermining the sovereignty of every nation on the planet...

StrawMan
StrawMan

 Completely different, he said nothing about his boss.

Tropi123
Tropi123

You got it wrong man.  The people criticizing Guillen and demanding his firing or resignation are using the rights they were denied in Cuba. It's up to the Marlins organization to meet those demands. Don't ever compare what Guillen is going through with what a Cuban national would face in Cuba for criticizing the government or screaming "Abajo el Comunismo ".  What? He's facing a 5 day suspension for costing the organization support from the locals?  That's nothing.  Remember, don't bite the hand that feeds you.  Bad PR is not always good.  As much as I dislike Cuban old-timers'  intransigence they have right to demand what they wish.  And Guillen is a DUMBASS; he should think what he says instead of saying what he thinks.

DaProf
DaProf

Mambo (Bustamante, is it?)

That's right - "Why should some people shut up?" The Cuban-Americans in your book.

Eazy Erik
Eazy Erik

I'm Cuban-American myself, and I agree with Yani. Guillen apologized. I'm over it. I don't give a flying f what Guillen thinks anyway, just manage baseball and win, Ozzie.

With that being said, I don't know what history book you're referring to, Juan. No, Fidel didn't kill as many people as Hitler, but Fidel did kill thousands of Cubans who opposed him and his country doesn't enjoy the rights you are obviously enjoying by posting on this website. Do YOU need a history book? 

Jadiaz60
Jadiaz60

Juan just by looking at your page i can tell that you are a raging liberal or as they use to say in the old days just a commie. Your hatred for the Miami Cubans is because they stand for capitalism and not your socialist views. I suggets if you like that type of thing your buddy Fidel or Chavez might have room for you. After all they hate what this country stands for as much as you.

Varela
Varela

Spoken like a true dictator.

Freedom works both ways. It works for the idiot and works for those who disagree with him.

I guess grandpa Fulgencio didn't teach you that part of it.

Eazy Erik
Eazy Erik

Sure, the commander in chief shares responsibility for the actions of his armies, but U.S. intervention all over the world has been going on for decades. Obama didn't invent or begin any of what you referred to. As to your second point, there is no WAIVER of our rights to free speech. The 1st Amendment protects citizens from GOVERNMENT ACTION against speech. The Miami Marlins are not government. The GOVERNMENT has not taken any action against Ozzie Guillen. In fact, Ozzie Guillen can easily resign if he doesn't like how the Miami Marlins handle their BUSINESS.

Finally, yes, our country and our people engage in ugly actions over that almighty dollar. You know what, though? So does the rest of the world, only we're ahead of the game. If not us, someone else would do it. This isn't utopia, this is the real world, and it's ugly. Go hold hands with hippies and sing kumbaya with your eyes closed if you don't like it. And if you dislike capitalism so much, go have yourself a blast in Cuba, Venezuela, or China. You'd come back faster than Guillen can apologize.

Pippin
Pippin

Blow it our your ass nanook5! You had me at "FUCK capitalism!" then you lost me. Torture has been around forever. If Cuba or other nations doesn't like U.S. military in their country/land they can ask them to leave or fight them out. Free will goes a long way.The media is not socialist controlled, it's capitalism that drives the media. It's all owners. They own everything, all the important networks, all the important land, all the important copyrights and people. They own people. They own, past presidents, senators, representatives, judges, police people, everything. They pay millions of dollars per year to make you believe what your favorite network tells you. Socio-political conflicts are in their best interest. Keeping everyone confused is in their best interest. Journalism is owned by the networks. If they don't like it it's not going on-air... or you're out of the job. Journalism lost it's freedom when corporations took over their paychecks.

And just in case you're voting for Mitty just to out My President Barrack Obama, here's some news on your hero.

In 1997 Mitt Romney drove a Miami factory to the ground. Leaving 850 workers in South Florida unemployed without severance, including a dozen of Puerto Rican workers who got stranded out in the street after moving to Miami 2 months before. Left $30 million loss mess among workers, company owners and the community. Anyone voting for that corporate outsourcing, asshole, needs to educate themselves before putting in their ballot.http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/... This news is written differently (as in not plagiarized) in two other websites, by two other journalists at different dates. Confirms it to be true.Who cares what Ozzie Guillen said. He makes 2+ million/year. He can say whatever he wants.

Ed Ochoa
Ed Ochoa

SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE LIBERAL MORON!!!!!!

Eazy Erik
Eazy Erik

Yea, because we all know none of that would have happened if not for Obama. Dumb ass. Why don't you go to Cuba and clean Fidel's diapers for 50 cents a month? 

Yani Fernandez
Yani Fernandez

To Varela - Did you call me a true dictator? Wow really? 

nanook5
nanook5

 Juan Morales has also helpfully pointed out to me that the government is in fact meddling in this, let's hear from Mayor Jimenez on Monday:"I join the rest of our Miami-Dade County community and all freedom-loving people in condemning the statement made by Miami Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen"http://www.miamiherald.com/201...

nanook5
nanook5

if not somebody else would do it? someone's just gonna run right up to your house, murder your family, and piss on your corpses because we're not doing it to them? uh huh. and who else would be firing tomahawk missiles and using predator drones? we're the only ones to have EVER used such technology and if it ever does get used against us, it's our own fucking fault for selling that shit to highest bidder as we do with all of our weapons.

who the fuck cares who "invented" a war, as if such a thing were possible? MURDER happens every day is committed by MURDERERS and your selective minded way of holding leaders culpable is endemic of a world-wide lack of accountability when it comes to holding people responsible for crimes against humanity. you want castro held responsible? well it's only gonna happen if we ALL confront the butchers in our midst.

you're right, the gov't isn't silencing dissent in this particular instance, the friggin' "free" press is. it seems to be the primary role of south floridian newspapers to throw something about how everyone hates cuba on the front page of the paper no matter how much gun violence, home theft, and corruption goes down in miami and fort laud every single day. journalists that use their voice to tell other people to "shut up" dishonor the very concept of their occupation and should probably be flipping burgers somewhere for $7/hr, one of those amazing capitalist opportunities you're all so proud of.

also, congratulations on correctly identifying one of three countries that is actually remotely socialist when throwing out the old axiom of those who don't actually understand a single thing about how economic systems work. the number of people that are sick and tired of being abused by capitalism is constantly growing, and far from leaving, we're here to stay...

nanook5
nanook5

yes the smarter person always uses all caps and ad hominems.

nanook5
nanook5

 the commander in chief of the armed forces shares no responsibility for the people his armies kill? castro would certainly agree with that...but not anyone able to think for themselves, be they cuban or american.

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