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Would Ozzie Guillen's Castro comments be taken differently in another city?

Perhaps this one can be filed under yes, it's true, Latinos are not all alike: The Venezuelan-born manager of the Miami Marlins, Ozzie Guillen, was suspended for five games after making positive comments about Cuban socialist leader Fidel Castro in a recent interview with Time magazine.

The 85-year-old Castro, who took power in 1959 and only recently handed the reins to his younger brother, is a reviled dictator among Cuban immigrants, a sentiment that runs deep in Miami and has been passed along to subsequent generations of Cuban Americans. But he's admired by some in other Latin American countries; among his fans is Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, who recently had cancer surgery in Cuba.

Which begs the question: If Guillen managed a team in, say, Los Angeles, what would the reaction to his comments be? From a Christian Science Monitor story today:

The comments might not have caused too much of a stir in many other cities. But Guillen coaches a team with a pricey new ballpark in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, densely populated by Cuban-Americans who fervently dislike Fidel Castro.

What"s worse, he"s the face of a massive rebranding effort by the club, which hoped to use him as a tool to attract a potentially sizable Hispanic fan base.

The Marlins quickly distanced themselves from Guillen"s remarks, releasing a statement saying, "There is nothing to respect about Fidel Castro. He is a brutal dictator who caused unthinkable pain for more than 50 years. We live in a community filled with victims of his dictatorship and the people in Cuba continue to suffer today."

Those potential fans are now loudly calling for him to be fired.

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