The Ozzie Guillen in Miami experiment is pretty awesome, if you ask me. First there was the quote about getting completely hammered every night on road trips. Now there's this whole Fidel Castro flap.
Today in hilarious ledes:
Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen apologized on Saturday for telling a magazine he loves Fidel Castro, a comment that prompted the team to issue a statement denouncing the Cuban dictator.
So the comment was actually the first four words of the Time article (here for paid subscribers):
"I love Fidel Castro," Blurts Ozzie Guillen, the new manager of the Miami Marlins, in his Jupiter, Fla., spring-training office before an early-March team workout.
There's context, of course. It doesn't make his comments any better, but Guillen elaborates, saying he admires Castro's ability to stay in power for so long. Actually, yeah, that doesn't help much.
And we can see why people might be a little offended. After the Marlins denounced the dictator, Guillen clarified his comments and also apologized.
"I will apologize if I hurt somebody's feelings, or I hurt somebody's thought," Guillen told the writers. "I want them to know I'm against everything 100 percent -- I repeat it again -- the way this man (been) treating people for the last 60 years."
This experiment is going to be a wild ride.