Guillen looks to right Chicago's lost ship
White Sox manager back from son's college graduation
TORONTO -- When Ozzie Guillen arrived in Toronto on Monday, the first thing he said he noticed was the cold Canadian weather. Unfortunately for the White Sox manager, who was returning to the club after attending his son's college graduation in Chicago, his team is just as frigid.
The White Sox lost both weekend games while Guillen was away, and the manager admitted that he did catch a glimpse of Sunday's 8-2 loss to the Blue Jays on television.
"I watched a couple of innings yesterday," Guillen said. "Obviously, I was busy. It was hard to watch, but I'd rather be here to suffer with the players and the coaching staff than be somewhere else watching the way we played."
Suffer is perhaps the right word as the White Sox are currently enduring an incredibly tough stretch. Entering Monday's series finale at Rogers Centre, the Sox had lost four straight and 11 of their past 14.
While speaking to reporters, Guillen was adamant that his team continue to stay positive.
"I just talked to the coaching staff and asked them, 'What can we do?'" Guillen said. "There's nothing really you can do, just keep playing and being positive. I don't want any of my coaches being negative. We have to prepare every day, come here every day and believe in those [players]. And make them believe in themselves.
"The worst thing you can do is give up and say, 'Hopefully something good happens.' You have to make it happen and come here every day and fight. Come here every day and give the best you can to get it going."
Last season, the White Sox struggled out of the gate to a 14-17 record in their first 31 games, yet still finished the year atop the American League Central. Guillen uses that as proof that his club has overcome obstacles in the past.
"We've been in this situation before and we overcame and were fine," said Guillen. "Meanwhile, I know there are a lot of desperate people out there -- we are. But it's our job to keep those guys believing in what they can do -- and hopefully for the best."
David Singh is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.