Sunday, April 8, 2012
Ozzie Guillen 'against' Fidel Castro
By ESPN.com news services
CINCINNATI -- Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen apologized Saturday for telling a magazine he loves Fidel Castro, two days after saying he gets drunk at the hotel bar after every game and has been doing so "for 25, 28 years. It doesn't change."
Guillen told Time magazine he loves Castro and respects him for staying in power so long. When Guillen read his comments Friday, he said he felt sick because he knew how people would react.
The Castro comment also prompted the team to issue a statement denouncing the Cuban dictator.
Guillen called the team's beat writers for a closed-door meeting before his team's 8-3 win against the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night and 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."