Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Well they all look alike to me!

Baseball is my favorite sport so its interesting to see the current dustup over Ozzie Guillen’s comments regarding Fidel Castro overshadow the start of the season. Guillen is reported to have said that he “loves” Fidel Castro and admired him to have stayed in power when powerful forces were aligned against him. Guillen at least did not claim to be misquoted but did say that his statement was taken out of context. Naturally the older Cuban-Americans in Miami have expressed outrage and an advocacy group has threatened to boycott the team until Guillen is fired. This is interesting because up until this year it looked as though the team was being boycotted by the same fans, despite winning two world series. I heard some commentators remark that Ozzie is from Venezuela and Venezuelans were different from Cubans. Excuse me? You mean that Marlin management thought that all Hispanics were alike? Maybe it would have made more sense for them to have linked Venezuela with Hugo Chavez who is a fan of Castro. Regardless, if the Marlins had thought a Cuban-American manager was more desirable than one from Venezuela, then they would have not fired Fredi Gonzalez – the current manager of the Atlanta Braves – who managed the Marlins from 2007-2010 and who was born in Havana.

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