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This is not the first time Ozzie Guillen voiced his admiration for Castro

Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins - Game One

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 05: Ozzie Guillen #13 of the Chicago White Sox looks on during the game against the Minnesota Twins in the seventh inning of game one of a doubleheader on September 5, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. White Sox defeated the Twins 2-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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All politics is local. If it wasn’t, these comments Ozzie Guillen made in 2008 to Rick Telander in a Men’s Journal interview would have been pounced on then. But since Guillen was not representing Miami back then, Telander notes, it went virtually unnoticed:

I asked him this: “Who’s the toughest man you know?’’

His response, which took me by surprise: “Fidel Castro.’’


“He’s a bull---- dictator and everybody’s against him, and he still survives, has power. Still has a country behind him,’’ Ozzie replied. “Everywhere he goes, they roll out the red carpet. I don’t admire his philosophy; I admire him.’’

It’s the same thing he said to Time. Maybe a bit more of a “don’t agree with his policies” disclaimer, but the same sentiment. And if he made it in Miami, boy howdy, would that have been trouble.