Ozzie Guillen Apologizes For Praising Fidel as Cuban Group Plans to Protest UPDATE

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Yesterday, Ozzie Guillen backtracked quicker than Emilio Bonifacio evading a pickoff after Time magazine quoted him admitting he kinda respects Fidel Castro for not falling for the CIA's best exploding cigar tricks. Guillen now says he didn't mean to come off as a Fidelista, telling the Miami Herald that in fact he's "against everything 100 percent ... the way this man (has been) treating people."

That mea culpa isn't enough for Vigilia Mambisa, Little Havana's most theatrical anti-Castro group. They announced this morning they're going to mount a protest outside Marlins Park on Tuesday. Aren't you glad it's baseball season, Miami?

Update: Ozzie is returning early to Miami on Tuesday to hold a press conference about his comments. Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Joe Martinez, meanwhile, has called for Guillen to resign. 


Ozzie's first real firestorm of the season -- and three games in has to be a record, even for him -- blew up on Saturday when Time published this quote from the skipper about this feelings on Fidel:

"I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? Many people have tried to kill Fidel Castro in the last 60 years, yet that [SOB] is still there."
Guillen seems to be grasping at a ham-handed joke about Fidel's longevity, but still -- for a guy who's lived in Miami for years, he should know better. (Though, to be fair, he's apparently spent most of those years getting drunk alone in hotel bars.)

The Marlins, meanwhile, reacted as if their manager had just announced he was joining the neo-Nazi raids in Sanford. They quickly issued a statement clarifying that, in fact, Miami's baseball club thinks Fidel is really a big jerk.

The Venezuelan manager -- who's already had to fend off accusations that he supports Hugo Chavez -- then apologized to the Herald's beat writers "if (he) hurt someone's feelings."

Now Vigilia Mambisa is jumping into the fray. The group, if you're not acquainted, made a name for themselves by staging rowdy pro-Bush protests during the 2000 presidential recounts.

Their leader, Miguel Saavedra, tells NBC Miami he's organizing a caravan of cars to encircle the new Marlins Park on Tuesday and is calling for a boycott of the team until Guillen is fired.

Yes, this is all absurd. But it's also so, so, so predictable. If the Marlins are surprised to see Guillen igniting a protest in front of their gleaming new ballpark, their only real shock should be just how quickly he's managed to stick his foot in his mouth.

Along with pretty consistently winning ballgames, this is what Ozzie does.

Update: Guillen tells the Herald he's "guilty, sad and embarrassed" and will apologize yet again at a press conference this afternoon. Here's what he had to say: 

"I want the people there. I feel embarrassed. I feel guilty not because I'm not lying, but because this thing hasn't let me sleep for three days. Only my wife knows how bad it's been last few days. I feel very guilty, sad and embarrassed. Anyone who wants to be there, feel free. I want to be there by myself and I want the Cuban people to understand what I'm going to say because everything I'm going to say is true ... I have to face it. I have to make people feel good about themselves. I will say what I said a couple of days ago. I don't want to just make a statement and that's it because I think when you do that, that's a bunch of crap ... I feel sad because I know I hurt a lot of people. I'm Latino. I live in Miami. I have a lot of friends, and players [that are Cuban]. They know who I am. They know how I feel."

Herald political reporter Patricia Mazzei, meanwhile, has tweeted that Martinez, the county commission's chairman, has called for Guillen's resignation. 

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Msiliquy
Msiliquy

Cubans are cowards. Why are they disrupting lives here in America with their big mouths and illiterate exile forums. Go to your country, Cuba, fight Castro there. Even Peruvians as old as 90 years old fight their dictators in their own country... they don't run away.  Only real men fight head on in their own turf.  That's the only way to make a difference. Not use another country, corrupt a county and use it for their own sick ways, and then have the nerve not to cater to those outside of their culture! Sick, sick, sick.  Go and fight your country over there, COWARDS!  Proof that you are men!.

Roger Fernandez
Roger Fernandez

You can't realy  trust anything some forced apology from a  Comunist, can't you  see from past experiences, just likr christians  they'll  go to any lengths to get you to trust the bullshit they claim to be honest.

Roger Fernandez
Roger Fernandez

this guy is a Comunist  & you can't take a connubists word for anything specially a forced apology.

Hidden
Hidden

Everything has to go their way or no-way you people kill this once paradise in america. Get some balls and go take the castros out... until then stop crying every time somebody say something positive about castro . When castro does decide to bomb florida please hit lil havana first. then your problem will be solved.

Hidden
Hidden

All of you cubans can go back to cuba who cares standing infront of the freedom tower protesting that man given right to say what he want to say. Of all the things in front of the land mark made famous by you people  freedom tower come here for the freedom we have but he can't say what he wants to say , so when you bad mouth castro here in america instead of in  your so call homeland, do he hold a protest in cuba oh don't float to america because they don't like me . Please just go back, Florida is already fed up with you people.

AzureMatty
AzureMatty

I'm thinking of coming to a Marlins game wearing carrot orange coveralls and yelling "Free Cuba!  Free Cuba!"Signed,Gtmo Bay Banana Rat Behind Bars

Marlinssuck
Marlinssuck

Cubans are all cowards they only talk about Fidel in the US about killing him they continue the 50 year bullshit but nothing is done about it. The sad part is the asshole's who voted for the Castro brothers are now here complaining about them.

Cubans you want to impress me please grow some balls go back to Cuba and end what you voted for were tired of this shit.

Olozano50
Olozano50

QUE LASTIMA, que un equipo que sus seguidores  el 80 por ciento somos CUBANOS EXILIADOS sea dirigido por un COMUNISTA,no importa que ahora quiera disculparse porque ya lo dicho, dicho esta. yo quisiera que viviera en Cuba como un cuidadano del pueblo, pasando hambre y necesidades a ver si seguia adorando a Castro. Porque vive aca y no en Venezuela? seria perfecto que se marchara de Miami, el equipo iva a funcionar mejor sin un COMUNISTA. Sus disculpas son IPOCRITAS, Por eso en una entrevista que le hicieron sobre los parqueos de los vecinos del Nuevo Stadium dijo " a mi eso no me importa, ya se acostumbraran" respuestas concretas de un COMUNISTA. FUERA DE MIAMI IDIOTA

Fat Hand
Fat Hand

Joe Martinez is hilarious! Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't he vote to give a no-bid contract for the stadium construction to a company that had donated a bunch of money to his campaign? But he is soooo offended by Ozzie's remark. Haha, ok. Good looking out for your constituents Joe.

Whodahellwannakno
Whodahellwannakno

Just another suckass who succumbed to an offer he couldn't refuse from Don Camaron and the rest of the Cubiche mafia holding the local economy hostage 

Xaviant Haze
Xaviant Haze

Castro was armed by the C.IA. Then he dissed them..the Jewish mafia a la Meyer Lanksy and his goons were the ones who really suffered in the revolution. Cuba has been NWO free and Central bank goldman sachs free ever since..you should be glad, otherwise cuba would be a disneyland vegas-esque having tourist trap that none of you could afford to live at anyways!! LMAO

seep
seep

He already apologized for it.  Why ask for his job?  Drunk people say stupid things.  I pledged my allegiance to Benito Mussolini when I was fucked up the other night.

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f b
f b

Kind of sick and tired of this BS. Every year. 1)Boycott X 2)Cuban American Foundation In Front of Versailles Or La carreta 3) repeat. Every year. Dude, Guillen is a tool but this is america and a free country. He can say whatever the hell he wants. Really, I just wish everybody would shut up about politics and religion in general. He is a glorified babysitter that his task is to keep multimillionaires jocks who give 3 #$#@#$ about politics in check and on task. If the people put their energies into action instead of just talking (looking at you cuban american foundation), Fidel would be dead, the economy would be fixed and most important of all, I could watch some god-damned baseball without  having to hear dumbasses calling me a commie for supporting my hometown baseball team. You can all seriously go to hell. More parking for me at the stadium if you decide to boycott the team

Dumb ass
Dumb ass

Learn to write!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My head hurts trying to read it.

Frankpost
Frankpost

 Cubans truly know the meaning of the word Communist, because that's who they are... it is inbred.

Frankpost
Frankpost

 Go to Cuba and do that, you coward!

Frankpost
Frankpost

 Usted es la idiota.  Fuera de America!  Vallese a Cuba a pelear su guerra con Castro.  Cobarde!

Frankpost
Frankpost

 Habla Engles!  Show us some respect, say what you want to say in ENGLISH!

Hidden
Hidden

in english please

Roger Fernandez
Roger Fernandez

the illuminati control everything they have since the beggining

Pinchadiscos305™
Pinchadiscos305™

buy parking passes, if not you run the risk of getting egged lol

Frankpost
Frankpost

 Yes, you have to be fucked up to live amongst such illiteracy and nepotism.  When will they be grateful for the American help they get? They are just too mentally dysfunctional to put it all together. Perhaps they should learn to speak English... or at least understand the language of the country that literally has been bailing them out over and over again. 

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