Guillen says he's no fan of Chavez
Ninety minutes into Ozzie Guillen's first media session as manager of the Florida Marlins, the subject turned to politics - specifically, fellow countryman Hugo Chavez.
Guillen bristled Wednesday at the suggestion he was a fan of the Venezuelan president Chavez.
''Don't tell my wife that, because she hates that man. She hates him to death,'' Guillen said. ''I supported Chavez? If I was supporting Chavez, do you think I would be manager of the Marlins? I never supported Chavez.''
The topic arose because Chavez is unpopular with many Venezuelans living in Miami.
Guillen said he has never spoken to Chavez, but in fact he appeared on the Venezuelan leader's national radio show twice in October 2005, when Guillen led the Chicago White Sox to the World Series title.
At the time, Guillen said: ''Not too many people like the president. I do. My mom will kill me, but it's an honor to talk to the president.''
Guillen became a U.S. citizen in 2006, and he has been more critical of Chavez in recent years.
''It's not my fault Chavez is the president,'' Guillen said Wednesday. ''I didn't put him there. ... We got what we deserved.''