Ozzie Guillen the Florida Marlins manager is known to be outspoken. It does get him in trouble at times and is part of the reason he was let go in Chicago. He was the White Sox manager before being let go and becoming the Marlins manager this off-season. He talked about Fidel Castro in glowing terms and it didn’t go over too well. He is the manager in Miami which has a heavy Cuban population. They don’t like Fidel Castro the dictator of Cuba too much. This may be a mess that Guillen can’t get himself out of.
The Marlins took a preemptive strike and suspended him for the next five games. I think this was a good move to say we won’t tolerate this and something had to be done. I don’t know if this will placate the fans but it should. Do I think Guillen did something really really bad, NO. I don’t think he did something really bad, I just think he did something stupid. He has to pay the price because of where he is the manager. If this happened in Chicago, he actually did an interview and said similar things while he was in Chicago. The difference is know one said anything then because it didn’t matter to the people in Chicago. The problem with Guillen though is he is who he is. He is always going to be loud and brash and say what is on his mind. If you don’t like it that is too bad but the management knew what they were getting into when they hired him.
I think he was contrite in his press conference on Tuesday afternoon. He seemed to get emotional and apologized profusely. He said he hasn’t been able to sleep in days and that if he has to get on his knees and beg he will. I think this was enough to convince the fans but we will see. I think and hope now that everyone can move on and get past this. I don’t particularly like Guillen but I also don’t feel this should be dragged out. I think he did what he had to do and know he should serve his suspension and just move on. I think the fans should move on also and worry about how the Marlins are doing on the field of play.