Tagged: Fidel Castro

What About the Indians?

I saw an interesting Tweet this morning. It sarcastically made a play at the whole Ozzie-Guillen-said-something-stupid thing that’s taken over the baseball media for the past 48 hours. Guillen’s mouth getting him in trouble is nothing new, but he went to whole new heights by saying he loved Fidel Castro.

Especially in Miami. Especially especially in Little Havana. Before I get into this, let me just say that I’m completely in agreement with the five-game suspension handed down by the powers that be in the Miami Marlins organization. And of course, Guillen was completely out of line with his comments.

But the aforementioned Tweet read something along the lines of (and I paraphrase from memory): “But let’s not worry about Chief Wahoo and the Indians logo. Or the tomahawk. Native Americans aren’t real people anyway.”

Hm…touche, anonymous Tweeter! Lost in the “don’t offend Cubans” debacle, has been the fact that baseball has completely ignored the complaints of Native Americans for years. This has been an ongoing issue in baseball for a long, long time. I’m completely 100 percent on the side of groups who campaign to have the offensive logos and traditions stopped. And here’s why:

The counter-arguments range anywhere from “they shouldn’t take offense, it’s just a silly thing” to “get over it, we won.” I won’t even justify the ignorance of the latter with a response. But the fact remains that it isn’t a silly thing. Native Americans aren’t being unreasonable with their requests.

It’s baseball that is being unreasonable. In the name of tradition and yearly revenue, you’re willing to completely ignore the fact that something you heavily market is offensive to a large majority of a certain culture? That’s ridiculous.

Sorry, Cleveland. I think the logo is cool and all, but it’s time to go. This is like making an awesome YouTube video with stolen music in the background. You knew it was going to get taken down, but it was pretty sweet while it lasted, huh?

If Ozzie Guillen is getting a five-game suspension for a couple stupid comments that ticked off Cubans, why can’t Major League Baseball afford to make a couple touch-ups to a logo that has been downright racist towards Native Americans for decades?

Marlins Do the Right Thing With Guillen

Today, the Miami Marlins announced a five-game suspension for their new manager Ozzie Guillen after remarks about Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.  Guillen was quoted by “Time” as saying “I love Fidel Castro” in the context that he respects Castro for being able to survive for 60 years while everyone was trying to get him.

For anyone, let alone the Miami Marlins manager to say those things is ludicrous.  The Marlins were looking to make a big splash in bringing Guillen in to manage the team.  Guillen was someone who would give the thriving Hispanic Miami community a person to admire.  It backfired within the 1st five games of his first season.  The Marlins have already gone into damage control mode.  They condemned Guillen’s remarks and today suspended Guillen for five games.  It was the appropriate reaction.

Guillen needs to understand his new fan base.  His teams new stadium was built in a place called Little Havana.  I repeat LITTLE HAVANA.  If there is one name that should never be spoken of in praise in that area it is Fidel Castro.  In watching Guillen’s press conference today, you can see the true remorse he has in eyes and his voice.  For the first time, Guillen is truly being punished for his transgressions.  Hopefully it will help him become a better manager and he will look to help the Latin community in Miami to flourish.  There is a lot of potential for him to make this right, especially in a city like Miami.

Can you imagine what would happen if Joe Girardi or Terry Collins came out in an article saying they loved Osama Bin Laden and he was just misunderstood?  Guillen should count his blessings he still has a job.

-Bryan Mapes