Ozzie Guillen back at Cell as fan, still wants to manage
By Daryl Van Schouwen Staff Reporter June 18, 2014 10:30PM
Updated: June 18, 2014 10:34PM
Ozzie Guillen watched the White Sox from the stands Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field, his first visit to the park besides coming a couple of times on small matters of business.
The colorful former Sox shortstop who managed the team for eight seasons, including the 2005 World Series championship year, said the game looked a little easier from the scout seats behind home plate than from the dugout, but it did nothing to quench his desire to manage again.
“You miss the game on the field,’’ said Guillen, whose work for ESPN will include covering the All-Star Game in Minneapolis in July. “Working for ESPN and watching my son [Ozney] play [in the independent Frontier League], it [brings back] the little edge you have to come back and play the game, to manage the game.’’
Guillen said he has wanted to return to the Sox’ park, where he managed his last game at the end of the 2011 season before going to the Marlins, then getting let go in Miami, for some time. Guillen’s record as Sox manager was 678-517.
“Every time I tried to come, it was too cold, and I shut it down,’’ he said.
Guillen, accompanied by his son Oney, spent a good part of the game socializing with fans and well-wishers. Guillen’s godson is Giants infielder Ehire Adrianza, who started at shortstop.
“It feels weird, but it feels kind of nice,’’ he said.
‘‘I see a lot of people I’ve known for a long time, and 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, it’s a little easier than what you see from the field.’’