Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Turn of Phrase - Best Ozzie Guillen Quotes

Ozzie Guillen
Photo: Drew Hallowell/Getty Images
"I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that motherf*cker is still here."

- From Ozzie Guillen, manager of baseball's Miami Marlins, who was suspended for 5 games by the team for comments he made about Fidel Castro during a recent media interview.

You don't need a PhD in cultural anthropology to know that Fidel Castro is literally the worst person for whom you could announce your "respect" in the Miami metropolitan area. Praising the Cuban dictator's longevity in South Florida is about as popular a move as admiring Rick Santorum's unyielding social conservatism in San Francisco's Castro district. 

Guillen has a long history of saying all the wrong things. In fact, the Marlins manager prides himself on bluntly speaking his mind, seldom apologizing to people or groups he offends, and even bragging once to interviewer Bryant Gumbel that he "likes trouble."

It's hard to say whether Guillen's Castro remark outshines his previous controversial best. In 2006, during his tenure as manager of the Chicago White Sox, Guillen referred to a Chicago sportswriter he disliked as a "fag." Given the overwhelming unpopularity of Castro among South Florida's plentiful Cuban baseball fans, versus the unpopularity of the word "fag" among an unknown number of pro-gay Chicago baseball fans, I'd have to say the Castro comment tops Guillen's list. 

You can find some of Guillen's less controversial quotes here

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