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Ozzie Guillen Apologizes for His Praise of Fidel Castro

Via the Miami New Times:

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 Tuesday’s home game. Aren’t you glad it’s baseball season, Miami?

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 rest here.

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