Ozzie Guillen, the Miami Marlins manager, apologized on Saturday for his remarks regarding his love of Fidel Castro and his inclination to get drunk at a hotel bar after each and every game the Marlins play.
For those unfamiliar with Guillen’s remarks, he told Time magazine that he loves Castro and has respect for the dictator’s ability to retain power for as long as he has. After reading his comments, he later said he felt sick due to his belief that the public would react negatively to his statements. As the Marlins manager foresaw, the public did not react kindly to his commentary and the Miami Marlins subsequently decided to issue a statement in which they said:
“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 [Miami, FL] filled with victims of this dictatorship, and the people in Cuba continue to suffer today.”
Guillen, who is from Venezuela and became a U.S. citizen in 2006, called together a meeting with the team’s beat writers prior to the Marlins’ 8-3 win against the Reds on Saturday in which he apologized for his earlier remarks. During this meeting behind closed doors, Guillen told the writers:
“I will apologize if I hurt somebody’s feelings, or I hurt somebody’s thought. I want them to know I’m against everything 100%. I repeat it again, the way this man [has been] treating people for the past 60 years.”
In regards to Guillen’s claim of getting drunk after every game, he told CBSSports.com that his routine, dating back to his early days of playing baseball, would consist of drinking at a hotel bar and then falling asleep; to quote Guillen:
“I go to the hotel bar, get drunk, sleep. I don’t do anything else. I get drunk because I’m happy we win or I get drunk because I’m very sad and disturbed because we lose. Same routine, it never changes. It’s been the same routine for 25, 28 years. It doesn’t change. I don’t like to go out. I don’t have time. I’ve got to be here early, and I go to sleep so drunk that I have to recover in time to go to the park.”
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