Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Ozzie Guillen back from suspension
By Doug Padilla
MIAMI -- On the day he returned from a team-imposed five-game suspension, Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said Tuesday he will now be on an indefinite self-imposed probation.
Meeting the media for the first time since he apologized to the Cuban American community for praising Cuban dictator Fidel Castro's ability to stay in power for so long, the former longtime Chicago White Sox player and manager continued to say he is sorry.
"I put myself on probation ... me, nobody else," Guillen said. "It's probation about growing up and being better, and be careful to not trust too many people. That was my problem."
There were no reports of any major demonstrations outside of the new Marlins Park, located in a Miami neighborhood known as Little Havana. The lack of a major protest didn't make Guillen any less sorry for the pain caused by his comments.
"I don't expect everybody to be 100 percent on board with me. I don't," Guillen said. "That's the way life should be. But what I (talked) about for 40 to 50 minutes last week (during his apology) was from the bottom of my heart. I meant every word I said."