Alexei Ramirez hopes Guillen forgiven

CLEVELAND -- The Chicago White Sox clubhouse was mostly silent on the Ozzie Guillen controversy Monday night. The only player to give his opinion on the Miami Marlins manager praising Fidel Castro in a national magazine was Cuban native Alexei Ramirez, who played for Guillen for four seasons with the White Sox.

“There are some people that like Castro and some that don’t,” Ramirez said through a team translator. “In Miami it is a different thought train, but that is [Guillen’s] opinion, not mine.”

Guillen has apologized to members of the Marlins organization for his statements, and plans to fly back to Miami to answer for his statements about the Cuban leader.

Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo are both Cuban nationals who signed free-agent contracts with the White Sox after fleeing Cuba.

“I think apologizing is a good first step,” Ramirez said. “I feel everyone has their opinion, but I also feel people should be forgiven. Hopefully it will be accepted.”