Garland looks back at time with Sox

Garland looks back at time with Sox

ANAHEIM -- Jon Garland played parts of eight seasons with the Chicago White Sox, but his most productive years came while he was winning 58 games over the past four years pitching for current manager Ozzie Guillen.

So, how did the laid-back Garland excel under Guillen's frenetic, and often boisterous, leadership? Prior to Monday's series opener at Angel Stadium, Garland explained how there were times that he simply tuned out the man in charge.

It wasn't a sign of disrespect, but more a way of different personalities meshing together in the clubhouse.

"In that clubhouse, as a player, you almost had to," said Garland. "Let's face it -- he's going to be in that clubhouse, screaming and yelling every day. Some guys like it, some guys don't. If you're trying to prepare for a game and that's what's going on, that's him.

"He can be that way. That's just the way I went about it. Other guys might not care. It didn't bother me. Tell you the truth, I'm a pretty quiet person anyway. I never really talked to Ozzie when I was there.

"You guys knew me," Garland added. "I was always laying down somewhere, or in the back doing something else. I go about my business, regardless of who's coaching or who the staff is. If they need me, they'll talk to me. But for the most part, I stay out of the way. They got more decisions going on. I don't need to be more trouble than anybody."

Garland gets to face his old team and former manager during Thursday night's series finale, with Javier Vazquez getting the call for the White Sox. The sinkerball specialist pitched against Chicago in Tempe during Spring Training, and stated how neither game held any extra special meaning.

"They all count," Garland said. "Let's be honest. I'll try to pitch my game and put up as many zeros as I can and give my team a chance to win."

Monday's eight-minute pregame talk was not limited solely to Guillen and this Thursday's matchup. Garland admitted that he didn't see Mark Buehrle's assault on a dugout space heater last Wednesday, although he did hear about it through his mother. He added that there hasn't been much talk with his former teammates, aside from text messages back and forth.

He did stand up for the White Sox when asked about the recent inflatable-doll controversy. But he used it more to talk about restricted media access in the clubhouse, a topic that he addressed last season.

"Personally, I felt nobody needed to write about it," Garland said. "This is our home, our clubhouse. I feel the job of you guys is to report on the game.

"I don't think anything seen or heard in the clubhouse needs to be written about. And if you have a problem that's going on in here, you don't have to walk through the [clubhouse] doors. You don't have to see it. You have to understand when you walk through those doors, you're coming into our office."

As for Guillen's take on Garland's non-adversarial comments concerning their differing demeanors, he chose to focus on Garland's on-field memories.

"He got me a ring, and he made me smart every five days when he go out to the mound," said Guillen. "Every time he took the ball, he'd go out there and do the best he can. He won a lot of games for us.

"That's the way I am. He's got his style and I have my style."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.