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."