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Ozzie Guillen to reporter who asked about Fidel Castro: ‘Grow up, motherf*****’

After the incredibly insensitive remarks he made about Fidel Castro about a month ago, many of us wondered if we would see a more reserved Ozzie Guillen going forward. The blogosphere hoped we would not. While we certainly do not condone what he said about Castro, we love the way Guillen always speaks his mind and has a tendency to fly off the handle. Is he still going to do that after the suspension and all the heat he took? Just ask Paul Gallant of  SportsRadio 610 in Houston.

As Sports Radio Interviews pointed out, Gallant asked Guillen a question about his Castro comments on Monday. Guillen immediately blew a gasket and started cursing at him.

“Ah go f***ing grow up, motherf*****,” Guillen said when Gallant asked him if the backlash has cooled down over the last month. “Are you kidding me?”

For the tremendous audio of the exchange, click here. Clearly, Ozzie is still Ozzie. If he was not, I might even be a little surprised that he became so upset over a reporter asking him about a topic that he is probably going to have to answer questions about for the remainder of his career. The incident was only a month ago, and it was serious enough that Guillen was suspended for five games because of it. If he’s going to tell everyone who asks him about it to “f***ing grow up” we’re going to hear a lot more f-bombs from Ozzie this year than we originally anticipated.

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Ozzie Guillen and Bobby Petrino show us the coaches in charge aren’t the sharpest

Sometimes it’s great to live in a country where Presidents forget the definition of is, Jimmer becomes a popular baby name, and the closest our children come to learning mathematics begins and ends with Octomom. But, sometimes the best part about tithing (and then some) to Uncle Sam with the prospect of getting peanut shells in return is the ability to somehow link an Arkansas football coach with a Venezuelan baseball manager all in one week filled with buffoonery.

I took a Sabbatical from this year’s NCAA basketball tournament focusing on what seemed like a fait accompli: me winning the Powerball jackpot. I went through the typical cycle. The delusions of grandeur. Telling all the superiors at my job where they could go — surprisingly they didn’t get the memo that the T.J. Maxx customer service department was my metaphor for Hades. Also, I had to decide which island in the South Pacific I would soon purchase and on which I would subsequently build an oasis made out of coconut shells and Twinkies. Alas, the dream died when I forgot to fork over the money for lottery tickets. Regardless, that prospect was about as likely as Vasser beating Kentucky in the final of the college tourney, but a nice dream nonetheless.

Thus, I wake up from my stupor to find that two coaches have failed to wake from theirs. Ozzie Guillen’s love-affair with Fidel Castro and Bobby Petrino’s relationship with a former school volleyball player half his age that should have, well, been spiked, have stirred the sports world from its early-April-induced haze.

As much fun as it would have been to use this column space to debate the merits of having Yu Darvish pose with a cowboy hat on media day, this seems to be eminently more interesting. Perhaps if Ozzie had just greeted the adoring public wearing a T-shirt with the image of Attila the Hun, this would have blown over by now. Had Petrino maybe just had a chat with Flo before getting on that motorcycle, he would have been able to maintain his surreptitiousness.

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Miami-Dade Commissioner Joe Martinez says Ozzie Guillen would be fired if not for Marlins Park

Ozzie Guillen, as you may know, is in hot water over comments he made in a Time magazine story that were supportive of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. Pretty insensitive on Guillen’s part, especially after you factor in the demographics of the city where he now makes his living. Guillen should have known better, but after all, he is Ozzie Guillen.

Guillen had the sense to apologize multiple times since the backlash started. He’ll also be flying back to Miami to issue a public apology during the Marlins’ day off Tuesday at Marlins Park, which, oh by the way, happens to be located in a neighborhood of Miami called Little Havana.

Citing the city’s large Cuban-American population, some local politicians have called on the Marlins to remove Guillen. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Joe Martinez thinks that Guillen would already be out of a job if he made these remarks before the Marlins moved into their swanky new home and were still trying to raise funding and support for it.

“If they didn’t have the Marlins stadium, and they were trying to negotiate to get it and this thing blew up, Ozzie Guillen would be gone,” Martinez said on ESPN 760′s “JMP and Pugh.” “The fact that they already have their stadium and the tax payer paid for it and many by people here, and it’s tax payer funded and they already have it and you can’t take it back, I think their reaction would be a lot more measured than were they not to have it, and they were still asking for us to give them all those millions of dollars.”

Guillen is apparently truly sorry for what he did, or so he says. By personally flying back to Florida in the middle of a road trip for his public apology is his way of showing he’s sincerely remorseful. Yes, Castro is an atrocious human being, but Guillen in the aftermath of his remarks has done enough to save his job. But, if anything, the guy who prides himself on having a lose connection between his brain and mouth now has to be skating on thin ice with the Marlins executives.

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Ozzie Guillen apologizes for Fidel Castro comments

Ozzie Guillen had to clarify himself after the outspoken Miami Marlins manager’s mouth got him into trouble once again, this time for remarks about former Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

In a recent Time magazine story, Guillen is quoted as saying, “I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that mother****** is still here.”

Given where Guillen now manages and that region’s large Cuban population, his comments come off as especially controversial.

“I am sure I’m against (the way) he thinks, the way he treats people and way he treats his country for a long time,” Guillen said, according to the Palm Beach Post. “I’m against that 100 percent. I’m not crazy or stupid or ignorant to say I love somebody. He not just hurt Cuban people he hurt a lot of people counting Venezuelans.

“Whoever got hurt or misunderstood or (took it) the way he wants to take it, I will apologize. I will apologize if I hurt somebodies feelings. I am against everything, 100 percent, why this man has been treating people for the last 60 years.

“I said I respect this man because … I respect Obama, I respect Chavez because I always respect people. Meanwhile I disagree 100 percent what this is doing to the country.”

So, to recap, Ozzie Guillen: hates Bobby Valentine, respects Castro.

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Ozzie Guillen’s postgame routine is simple: ‘go to the hotel bar, get drunk, sleep’

We already knew Ozzie Guillen had an honesty problem (if you consider being too honest a problem). Now I’m getting a little worried that he may have a drinking problem.

The Marlins traveled from Miami where they held their home opener on Wednesday night to Cincinnati for the Reds’ home opener on Thursday afternoon. Before the game in Cincinnati, Guillen was asked what he does on the road.

“I go to the hotel bar, get drunk, sleep,” Guillen said, according to Eye on Baseball. “I don’t do anything else.”

Guillen says he doesn’t even do much sight seeing when visiting cities.

“I get drunk because I’m happy we win or I get drunk because I’m very sad and disturbed because we lose,” Guillen said. “Same routine, it never changes. It’s been the same routine for 25, 28 years. It doesn’t change. I don’t like to go out.”

Guillen seems to be pleased that his routine keeps him out of trouble, but we’re legitimately concerned for the man’s liver. Recall that Gullen bragged about being drunk when he interviewed for the White Sox job. I sure hope he was joking when he said he gets hammered every night, but knowing how truthful he is, that’s probably not the case.

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Ozzie Guillen says Derek Jeter is a ‘baseball god’ and his favorite player ever

When all is said and done, Derek Jeter will be remembered as one of the greatest players of all time. For Ozzie Guillen, all is said and done. Even George Costanza may not think as highly of Jeter as Guillen does, as evidenced by the comments Ozzie made about the Yankees shortstop on Monday after an exhibition between Miami and New York.

“My favorite player in the history of the game — nobody represents baseball better than that guy, Derek Jeter,” Guillen said according to MLB.com. “Nobody. Not Mickey Mantle, Not Babe Ruth, Not Willie Mays. We all respect the Hall of Famers and the people who played in the past and who were great for this game. Derek Jeter is in the top two. This guy played the game right, won a lot of championships. Never got in trouble off the field. On the field, represents baseball the way it should be. Amazing. He has been my favorite player for a long time.

“You don’t see any player walk to the field and get a standing ovation just when we got to stretch, and that guy does. Nobody in the history of the game runs out on the field and gets a standing ovation. This guy is God, a baseball god. There are a lot of great players, Hall of Famers, records, all that stuff. I don’t think anybody in this game represents this game better than Derek Jeter.”

Is it safe to say Ozzie is a big Jeter fan? From a skill standpoint, you can certainly argue until you’re blue in the face about whether or not Jeter is in the top two players of all time. That picture may be clearer 20 years from now, but it’s always tough to say while someone’s career is ongoing. As for the stuff about Jeter representing the game as well as anyone ever has, you’d be silly to disagree. Not many people could play an entire career in the New York spotlight and always wind up in the headlines for the right reasons. Just ask A-Rod. For that, Jeter deserves all the credit he receives.

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Don Mattingly calls Ozzie Guillen ‘this little s***’ during interview

Most people consider Ozzie Guillen to be an annoying loudmouth. Apparently many players view him the same way.

During a radio interview on “The Dan Patrick Show” Thursday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly referred to the Marlins manager as “this little s***.”

Patrick asked Mattingly if there was any manager he wanted to physically confront.

“No, not at all,” Mattingly answered, prompting Patrick to ask if Guillen was on the list.

“No, I’ve been around Ozzie. I played against him and that’s just the way he is. He’s talking all the time … as a player too, as a player you’re going like ‘this little s***’, sorry about that,” Mattingly said, apologizing for using profanity on the air.

“I like Ozzie but it is the way he is. He talks and he is just kind of like that. You gotta be yourself. And if Ozzie was doing something different, he wouldn’t be himself. And if I was trying to be like Ozzie, I wouldn’t be myself.”

Mattingly seemed to say everything in a friendly manner, and knowing Ozzie, he probably takes it as a compliment. The entire interview was pretty good. Mattingly says he thought the team was close to signing Prince Fielder, and he also says Magic Johnson pranked him with a note. You can listen to it at Dan Patrick’s website, though you won’t hear the Ozzie Guillen clip — it appears to have been edited out. Video of the clip is below via Busted Coverage:

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