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Ozzie returns to U.S. Cellular Field


CHICAGO -- Ozzie Guillen made his first game appearance at U.S. Cellular Field since his successful eight-year managerial run on the South Side came to a close at the end of the 2011 season. It also was Guillen's first live Major League game watched since the Marlins let him go following the '12 campaign.

Guillen was in attendance to watch his godson, Ehire Adrianza, who started at shortstop for the Giants.

"It feels weird, but it feels kind of nice," Guillen said. "I've seen a lot of people I've known for a long time. 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 than what you see from the field."

After arriving a little late, Guillen had time to say a pregame hello to Adrianza and Giants manager Bruce Bochy, a former teammate and roommate of Guillen in the Padres system. As Guillen was sitting in the stands, he exchanged waves with White Sox head athletic trainer Herm Schneider and designated hitter Adam Dunn in the White Sox dugout.

Guillen spends his time working for ESPN, while also going to watch his youngest son, Ozney, who is playing second base for the Normal Cornbelters in the independent Frontier League. The Ozzie Guillen Foundation will be hosting a charity event at the Dana Hotel in Chicago on June 26, but on Wednesday, it was all about baseball.

"I've tried 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 planned to come, it was too cold and I shut it down," Guillen said. "Now, the opportunity to see my nephew and see the guys playing, it's my first time here."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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