The following quote comes from a Time magazine feature on Guillen:
"I love Fidel Castro…I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that [SOB] is still there."
Needless to say, this statement didn't go over too well in Miami, home of countless Cuban-Americans who managed to escape from Castro's tyrannical dictatorship. Some of them have lost family members, others endured extreme hardship over the years thanks to Castro's regime.
Guillen has since backpedaled from these comments, saying that he'll apologize to fans who were offended by it.
The Marlins also released this statement:
"There is nothing to respect about Fidel Castro. He is a brutal dictator who has caused unthinkable pain for more than 50 years. We live in a community filled with victims of this dictatorship, and the people in Cuba continue to suffer today."
It's not the first time Ozzie has gotten into hot water over politically charged comments. After the White Sox won the World Series in 2005, he went on Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez' radio show, and later tried to justify it with this quote:
If he were talking about current American president Barack Obama, it wouldn't be a big deal. Obama is a White Sox fan, and would have loved to welcome the White Sox to the White House, if they were to win the World Series during his presidency.
Hugo Chavez, on the other hand, is despised among Venezuelan-Americans. At the World Baseball Classic in Miami, Venezuelan fans attending games for the Venezuelan team chanted "Endy si, Chavez no!" in support of Venezuelan third baseman Endy Chavez, but in protest of Hugo.
At some point, Guillen might want to just keep his mouth shut, instead of commenting on various brutal dictators. But he's Ozzie Guillen, so don't count on it.