The Shame Report is a weekly chronicle that attempts to call out dastardly and embarrassing figures/groups for their unfortunate failures and miscues from the week that was. It’s also my most obvious and pathetic shot at being humorous on the entire site. Let’s try and play nice.
For golf fans, The Masters is a sacred event. If the NFL has the Super Bowl and college hoops has the Final Four, earning a green jacket at Augusta National in the world of golf is the holy grail.
Following The Masters two weeks ago, one crazed golf fan apparently didn’t have enough. That crazed fan was 40-year-old Clayton Baker of Ohio, who had been reportedly “drinking heavily at the time of the incident”.
After the tournament had ended, Baker slipped under the ropes and made a run for one of the legendary course’s sand traps. Attempting to fill a cup full of sacred sand, Baker was quickly spotted. Unfortunately for course officials, Baker reportedly led security on a “short foot chase” and was ultimately “unsuccessful at getting any of the sand in his cup”.
Baker was charged with disorderly conduct and looks completely hammered in his mug shot.
If you’re at all familiar with Major League Baseball, then you’re also familiar with Ozzie Guillen and his ridiculous antics over the years.
Aside from being a fiery player-turned-manager, Guillen is famous for being outspoken and possessing loose lips. Rarely apologizing for his comments, Guillen has earned the reputation of a guy that “keeps it real”.
As the new manager of a Miami Marlins franchise that is attempting to change its entire culture with a new stadium, new players and new goals, Guillen has a lot to prove in South Beach. That’s not to say that Guillen isn’t the guy to do it, but the position comes with huge responsibility.
Not even ten games into the season and Guillen is already making it hard on himself, and the Marlins.
In an interview with Time magazine, Guillen expressed his admiration for retired Cuban leader Fidel Castro — noting that he “loves” Castro and respects him. And for those unfamiliar with American history, Castro isn’t exactly a beloved figure.
Not only is this a huge no-no in general, but it’s even a bigger problem in Miami — where a highly-concentrated population of Cuban-Americans make their homes.
Despite heavy arguments for Guillen to lose his job as manager of the Miami Marlins, he was suspended for just five games and will likely face a demanding uphill battle to regain the confidence of fans — something that may never happen at all.
The Marlins have sunk a ton of money into players thjs past offseason, as well as a state-of-the-art stadium that needs to be paid for in a timely fashion. With a manager like Guillen that backs Communist leaders, Miami’s new ballpark and baseball product could turn to rubbish very quickly.
As sad as it may be, this is simply a case of Ozzie being Ozzie.