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SBD/April 13, 2012/Franchises
Samson: Marlins Sponsors Not Backing Out After Guillen's Comments
Published April 13, 2012
TIME HEALS ALL? MLB.com’s Richard Justice wrote, “I know Guillen well enough to know that he would never praise someone as vile as Castro if he only knew the truth. Instead, he was doing what he has always done.” Guillen “wants to give an answer outside the box, an answer that will shock and titillate,” but he “meant no harm.” Justice: “Nor is he stupid. He's a smart man, a funny man, but a man who ventured far outside his area of expertise.” Guillen may “eventually win back the sons of Cuban exiles.” For them, the wounds “are as fresh today as they were in 1959,” and his “sins were unforgivable” (MLB.com, 4/12). In S.F., Bruce Jenkins writes Guillen has “lost the trust of his most valued fan base: Miami's Cuban exile community.” Theirs is “a rage that will not die -- not after what Guillen said about Fidel Castro.” He has “to win now, and win big, but success will be but a temporary cure,” because there is “no surviving the forces of doubt” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/13).