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Is this a really big deal? I don't know much about Cuban Americans perception of Fidel Castro. Dan LeBatard said Fidel is to Cuban Americans as Hitler is to jewish people. I guess a lot of people in Miami want Guillen out.
Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, facing criticism over comments published last week in which he expressed admiration for Fidel Castro, says he intends to fly back to Miami to answer questions in person about his thoughts and feelings about the Cuban leader.
You obviously don't know any Cuban Americans then. Ozzie has had to pull his foot out of his mouth numerous times before, but the city of Miami will never forgive him for this. The Hitler/Jew comparison is seriously spot on.
Imagine Dantonio coming in his first year and proclaiming his love for Bo (either one works).
Yeah, he seriously may be looking for a new job soon.
Lol, that's quite a different comparison.
It's possible he can keep his job and come away relatively unscathed by making a huge - think seven figure - donation to whatever charity or political group the cheerfully fascist Miami Cuban leadership is favoring this year. But I kinda doubt it.
The rules are quite simple. In order to be a public person in the city of Miami, you have to support the absurd notion that Casto was the worst thing that ever happened anywhere ever. You have to respect the sense of absolute victimhood of every 40 year old cab driver whose grandfather once owned a rum distillery in Santiago. You have to nurture your hatred until it perverts the local, state, and national politics of the country that was good enough to take your family in. And finally, you have to shun anyone who deviates from these rules absolutely.
Exactly, and this isn't exactly some widely-kept secret. But Ozzie has never been one to know when to keep his mouth shut......
"An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind." --Gandhi
From the link:
Guillen told Time magazine for an article published last week that he loves Castro and respects him for staying in power so long. The Marlins subsequently issued a statement clarifying that the organization has no respect for Castro, calling him "a brutal dictator who has caused unthinkable pain for more than 50 years."
I've read a more complete quote, and Guillen went on for a bit about how great Castro is. Definitely a bad PR move. Of all people on this earth, it's difficult for me to believe that Ozzie would stick his foot in his mouth that badly, and so quickly.
Thank you, Denicos.
Evidently. To put it in context for you, people overloaded leaky boats with no motors, no food, and no water, and tried to make it 90 miles to a different country, just to get away from Castro's regime.
The history of how many people were jailed, tortured, and killed by Castro's regime will probably never be accurately written, given the repression and the length of Castro's rule.
He said he 'respected' Castro because people have been trying to kill him for decades and he's still around.
Butthurt Cuban-Americans interpret 'respect' as 'love' and claim he said, "I love Castro."
Obviously, butthurt Cuban-Americans are butthurt. They have zero understanding of the difference between 'respect' and 'love.'
What's really funny about many of those Cuban-Americans (many of whom are SECOND generation Cuban-Americans) is that if Fidel wasn't there, they'd totally go back to Cuba. I can understand if you're first generation and want to go back, but how can one rationalize having this attitude if you're born in America?
I take it you live in Little Havana?
I'll ask around and get back to you.
Just for future reference, what part of New Hampshire is Little Havana in?
Apparently I live in an alcove. So forgive me if I don't take internet handles as proof of residency at the DMV.
Not everybody lies, you know.
You simply don't ever mention Castro in a good light if you're a figurehead in Miami, period. About the easiest rule around, and the most straightforward. In fact, if you suck as a manager, you could probably still extend your contract by 5 years by becoming a huge anti-Castro guy.
Of the grandparents generation, there are entire mausoleums filled here is dead Cubans who have it in their wills that they are to be buried in their homes in Cuba as soon as Castro dies.
...and yet we see a new story in the news every couple of years about how cool it is that Castro loves baseball/was a great ballayer and prospect at one point/etc. This is another situation that you. can't have both ways. Either he was a brutal dictator or an eccentric leader that likes baseball and cigars.
I don't know what Metro Miami is like these days, but comparing Castro and Hitler anywhere else on planet earth is complete nonsense.
Well, anyone who is a fan of track is OK with me.
God forbid somebody in America has an opinion.
A guy can have an affair with an engaged subordinate who is 20 years younger than him and doubts can be raised regarding firing him as head football coach of Arkansas. Yet, when a head baseball coach SAYS something a bunch of idiots ***misinterpreted*** (respect != love,) a lynch mob forms calling for him to be fired.
I personally despise Ozzie Guillen but how does that old Voltaire saying go?
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”
did some cuban guy fuck your girlfriend?
WTF does that even mean?
Sometimes a man and a woman love each other very much and decide to hug in a special way.
He can have an opinion, he'll probably just lose his job for it. The Marlins aren't exactly the beloved baseball franchise around here and they have enough of a PR problem with attendence and the cost of the stadium to the taxpayer. Now, with Cubans being about 70% of the population in Miami-Dade, where teh Miami Marlins play, they have just been insulted. Any other manager could have said this and gotten away with it, but not one in Miami. A team that is seen as cheap, locally, just took a potshot at 80% of its core audience. This is why I said I think it is the same thing as a coach coming to MSU and saying they respect and love Schembechlar or Bo Ryan. Anywhere else in the country it might be ok to say that, just probably not in E. Lansing.
Pretty harsh way to express your thoughts, but I get where you are coming from.
My HS history teacher told us how he respected Hitler and what he respected about Hitler, but that he had no admiration for him. He then went on to tell us the difference between respect and admiration.
That being said, Guillen deserves the outrage because Castro has been in power as long as he has because of his evil and murderous ways. Therefore, Guillen is saying that he holds Castro's murderous and evil ways in high esteem, because it has kept Castro in power.
BTW, many Cubans have a very personal reason for how they feel, based on life & death situations. They aren't complaining over simple politics.
this. many cubans have direct family members that were tortured and/or killed by this regime. calling those people butt hurt is pretty insensitive and extremely naive.
This. I see a bunch of people in this thread who don't know what the fuck they're talking about.
Guinness makes you drop mud.
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