"Words as weapons sharper than knives
Makes you wonder how the other half die
Other half die"
INXS Devil Inside
Make a long story short Ozzie Guillen told Time Magazine he loved Fidel Castro. What he was trying to say or so he claims is that he admired his spunk able to last as long as he has. Maybe projecting his warrior spirit on him. There are many articles out there about it and I have included some here. The problem being that Ozzie's city of employment is the one city in the world you can't say that.
I totally sympathize with the Cuban Americans and what they are feeling. But for the rest of us, this is a good chance to boarded our perspective on history and culture. I have included clips of prominent Cuban Americans speaking on this topic and how Guillen's declaration has affected them. This is your chance to hear the issue from a unique perspective, in their own voices. One Two Three.
From my hindsight is 20-20 department: The Marlins knew they were getting a loose cannon with Ozzie. He does not back down from any opinion. They really should have sat him down and familiarize him with his market. This is not the first time Guillen expressed "admiration" for Castro. He declared it in 2008. But he was still in Chicago. That context makes all the difference. Florida Marlins should have picked up on that and prepped him.
Human beings are complex characters.Somebody can be totally despicable but will have traits that you wish you could peace meal transplant to yourself or other people who are lacking that specific admirable quality. Guillen just admired the battler in Castro. Unfortunately that battler side of him lead to some very consequences for many people. If you don't get what I am trying to say I have included a scene from an episode of Star Trek that captures exactly what I mean. Mccoy and Kirk as usual let their passion and humanity get the better of them and Spock points out the fallacy by applying his logical framework. The issue is that a despot even if their motives are heinous still has leadership and strategical qualities that can garner admiration. That is why the original Star Trek (which came out the same year I did) is such a brilliant show.
Pontius Pilate once said "What I have written, I have written.". In this Twitter/ Facebook world , what is said is instantly written and will "echo in eternity". Guillen as we speak is making amends. As a long time baseball fan, I have never seen Guillen make amends about anything. Which leads me to think he is being sincere. That's just me. But what Ozzie has done has given a people a voice and you can hear them here through the power of the blog.Through a man's mistake you can learn. And you will not be the only one.
Orestes Destrade and Dan Lebetard Audio
http://cornholiogogs.multiply.com/journal/item/1290 (original blog with all multi media as attachments)
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KIRK: Name, Khan, as we know him today. (Spock changes the picture) Name, Khan Noonien Singh.
SPOCK: From 1992 through 1996, absolute ruler of more than a quarter of your world. From Asia through the Middle East.
MCCOY: The last of the tyrants to be overthrown.
SCOTT: I must confess, gentlemen. I've always held a sneaking admiration for this one.
KIRK: He was the best of the tyrants and the most dangerous. They were supermen, in a sense. Stronger, braver, certainly more ambitious, more daring.
SPOCK: Gentlemen, this romanticism about a ruthless dictator is
KIRK: Mister Spock, we humans have a streak of barbarism in us. Appalling, but there, nevertheless.
SCOTT: There were no massacres under his rule.
SPOCK: And as little freedom.
MCCOY: No wars until he was attacked.
KIRK: Mister Spock, you misunderstand us. We can be against him and admire him all at the same time.
KIRK: Totally. This is the Captain. Put a twenty four hour security on Mister Khan's quarters, effective immediately.