CHICAGO – Former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was in attendance Wednesday, saying it is the first time he has taken in a game at U.S. Cellular Field since he was fired just before the end of the 2011 season.
“I try to come down to this ballpark for a little while, but especially this summer, I was sitting home and watching games and every time I plan to come it was too cold and I shut it down,” Guillen said. “Now I have the opportunity to see my nephew and see the guys playing.
“It’s my first time here. It feels weird, but it feels kind of nice. I see a lot of people I know for a long time, and like I say, I don’t know how you describe the feeling to see the game from here and then see it from the field. I think from here is a little easier then what you see from the field.”
In eight seasons as White Sox manager, Guillen posted a 678-517 record, guiding the team to a World Series victory in 2005. Guillen currently serves as an analyst for ESPN television.
“I came a little late; I come to see (Adrianza),” Guillen said. “I have a chance to see a couple of Venezuelan players who play for the Giants, plus (manager Bruce Bochy). He was my roommate and teammate in the past, and I not have a chance to see anybody from the Whtie Sox because I was at the ballpark a little bit late.”
Despite parting ways with the White Sox, Guillen has continued to make his full-time residence in Chicago. His youngest son Ozney is an infielder with the Normal (Ill.) CornBelters of the independent Frontier League.
“Every time I have a chance to drive up and see him, I do; It’s been fun,” Guillen said. “You miss the game on the field, you miss to be back. Working ESPN and watching my son play, it takes all the little edge you have to come back to manage the game.”