After Carlos Gimenez, the Mayor of Miami, decided he wanted to see his name in print, and simultaneously called on the Miami Marlins to take “decisive steps to bring this community back together” and Ozzie Guillen to resign, the baseball team has suspended their outspoken manager for five games.
The hullabaloo is over the following comments from Guillen:
I love Fidel Castro. I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that [Getting Blanked] is still here.
Statements like that, no matter how inoffensive the intent might have been, just don’t play out very well in a city where a large chunk of the population either defected from Castro’s Cuba or are a generation removed from family that escaped the Communist regime. It’s easy for me to sit back, and roll my eyes at what seems to be an overreaction from a vocal minority, but the truth of the matter is that it would disingenuous for me to attempt to pretend to understand a very local issue from 2,500 kilometres away.
However, I would like to point out that the current uproar over Guillen’s thoughtless comments are ten times the reaction that the manager received when he spoke with much more malicious intent while referring to a certain columnist with a homosexual slur.