I just returned from Miami where I was travelling for a sports tourism story.
I no sooner got off the plane in the cosmopolitan city when I heard news that Ozzie Guillen, the manager of the Miami Marlins, had put his foot in his mouth.
He praised Fidel Castro for staying in power for so long.
It did not sit well with Miami’s large Cuban community.
The Marlins’ brand new stadium is in Little Havana.
I was at the Marlins’ home opener Saturday night and it was still the talk of the town.
I didn’t see any protesters but there had been some earlier in the week.
Speaking to fans at the ball park – some have stayed away because of the comments – they said the older generation of Cuban immigrants are most upset.
It was supposed to be a week of celebrating the new season and the beautiful new stadium.
The home opener had about 32,000 spectators. It holds about 37,000. I’m sure they wanted a sellout for the game, which included fireworks after.
Guillen’s comment ruined that. He was suspended five games and wasn’t even there.
His team blew a 4-1 as the Houston Astros went ahead in the ninth inning after a few botched plays.
Nobody went home happy.
Guillen apologized and said it was the biggest mistake of his life.
Do you agree?