- Calling Chicago Sun-Times columnist Jay Mariotti a “fag.” Ozzie later apologized to the gay community, but not to Mariotti who, he said, “is not a man.”
- “I respect Fidel Castro,” Time reported Guillen as saying. “You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that mother f----r is still here.”
Setting aside unreconstructed right wing Cuban-Americans, it should also be noted that Fidel is hugely popular in Latin and South America precisely for what Ozzie said — and didn't say: For 60 years Fidel Castro has thumbed his nose at the United States, despite multiple CIA plots to kill and depose him, and a really stupid U.S. economic embargo imposed on the “Survivor” island-state.
Quotable, Chuckles Toddy: “I'm surprised it's just a 5-game suspension, because the financial ramifications of angering the Cuban-American community is like no other.” OH MY. Um, not only is this a very arguable 'ramifications' statement, but now we know where Chuckles gets his progressive chops.