TUCSON, Ariz. -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen caught one of the three ceremonial first pitches thrown out before Monday's charity game with the D-backs, with all proceeds from this contest benefiting the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Fund. Guillen caught the pitch from Dallas Green, the older brother of Christina, who was tragically killed during a shooting in Tucson on Jan. 8 in which Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was the target.
Guillen shook hands with all the individuals partaking in this opening ceremony, and then hugged John Green, the longtime Dodgers scout and father of the slain girl.
"He's a very strong man," said Guillen of John Green, who held a press conference with his son and wife, Roxanna, before Monday's game. "The way he handles himself, the way people know this guy has to get up every morning and people will be talking about it for the rest of his life. You have to be strong to survive and overcome that big problem."
Being part of Monday's contest served as a special moment for Guillen, who has great fondness for the city of Tucson.
"I got tears in my eyes when those kids came up and shake my hand," Guillen said. "Those kids were very excited. The crowd here in Tucson was amazing. They support the ballgame and I'm very glad to be here and be part of this."