Posted Under: Johanna's View
It hasn’t taken long for Ozzie Guillen to get into hot water in South Beach, but this time it might be something that fans can’t forgive. In a Time magazine article, Guillen said he respected Fidel Castro - something that a huge population of Cuban exiles and expatriots couldn’t possibly understand. Today, Guillen apologized saying that the statement about respecting the dictator really was aimed at Castro’s staying power, and that he is against everything that Castro has done with that staying power. Guillen might have been telling the truth, because Castro may be in Cuba longer than Guillen is managing a team at the rate he is going. Here is a bit of the details from Tom D’Angelo.
Ron Washington takes a different approach in managing his ballclub and it has earned him a ton of respect. This Jean-Jacques Taylor piece talks about how Washington’s experience in a large family has shaped his approach to managing in the big leagues. It’s an interesting piece, I think, because it really does show you how he approaches the situations presented- it also speaks to that Texas Rangers team.
And as one might expect, in Boston, the writers are already asking if Bobby Valentine is the answer. Of course it is too early to tell, but as Dan Shaughnessy writes, Josh Beckett didn’t help his redemption tour with the five home runs he gave up in the 4 2/3 innings he pitched yesterday. Are the Red Sox in trouble? Well, considering their injuries, they could be. But a team injured in April and healthy in July is a lot less troubling than a team injured in July and healthy in April. Don’t count them out yet.