Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen, facing feedback over comments broadcast last week in which he expressed admiration for Castro, claims he is going to fly back to Miami to answer in person for his statements.
Guillen, speaking in the Marlins’ dugout before their afternoon game against the Philadelphia Phillies, claimed he felt “guilty” and “embarrassed” and wants to address questions personally. He planned to come back to Miami and talk at a meeting at Marlins Park.
“I need to make everything clear what’s going on. Then folks can see me and know what I think,” Guillen said. “I think it is the proper thing so folks can see my eyes and ask every question they would like to ask. Sports scores
“I want to get the thing over with. I said to the Marlins I want to fly (back) as quickly as I am able to, and tomorrow’s a day off,” Guillen said. “I do not wish to (talk about the subject) in Philadelphia. I want to be in Miami and clear everything up.”
Guillen further said he doesn’t wish to limit his appearance in Miami to the media. NFL spreads
“I want the people there. Whoever feels about it, ask me any questions,” he revealed. “I would like you to ask what you ask, because I feel bad? Yes. I feel embarrassed? Yes.”
Guillen told a magazine for an article published last week that he adores the Cuban leader and respects him for staying in power so long. The Marlins subsequently issued a statement clarifying that the organization has no respect for Castro, calling him “a savage tyrant who has led to unthinkable agony for over fifty years.”
On Monday, Guillen said he was not surprised by the people reaction. “No, not especially. I talked with the media already in Cincinnati about it, and I am expecting this was going to occur. I feel badly, because I do not really wish to say (it was taken) out of the right context. I believe it was kind of a cheap shot. But I’ve got to face it,” Guillen said. Guillen also said he felt it is very important to answer questions in person, rather than issue a statement.
“I don’t really want to make a declaration; because I believe when you make a statement it’s a bunch of crap. I need people to look in my eyes, look in my face and see what’s going on, tell them what the deal was,” Guillen recounted.
The hardest part, Guillen declared, has been apologizing to Cuban-American members of the Marlins’ organization.
The Marlins next play in Miami, when they’ll start a 3-game series against the Houston Astros.
It’s not the 1st time Guillen, who is from Venezuela, has made powerful comments about a debatable leader. During his 1st meeting as Marlins manager in Sep, he bristled at a suggestion he supports Venezuelan President.
Guillen, an ex major league shortstop, skippered the Chicago White Sox to a World Series title in 2005 — the franchise’s 1st since 1917. He left for Miami following last season, amid tensions with White Sox director Kenny Williams.
Guillen’s comments have got him into difficulty before. In 2006, he got fined and ordered to undergo sensitivity training by Major League Baseball.