It’s easy to rewrite Ozzie Guillen’s history since he left the White Sox after the 2011 season. Guillen, who now works for ESPN and ESPN Deportes as a baseball analyst, is fine with it. He’s done fighting that fight. If the lasting memory of him on the South Side is that of a ‘‘loud-mouthed Venezuelan,’’ so be it. He’ll sleep well knowing the numbers he left behind: from 2004 to 2011, a 678-617 (.524) record — the third-most wins by a manager in Sox history — two playoff appearances and the Sox’ first World Series title in 88 years in 2005. But three years away from the Sox and two seasons out of baseball have changed the man. The days of insisting he wouldn’t attend SoxFest for the 10th anniversary of the championship team are over. For Guillen, a lot is over. ‘‘I changed my mind — I’ve talked to [the Sox], and if I’m in town, of course I’ll go,’’ Guillen said before Tuesday’s All-Star Game. ‘‘I don’t know where I’ll be at that time. Last two years during SoxFest, I was in Colombia watching bullfights. ‘‘I don’t have any problems with the Sox. During the summer, I will be a part of any activity they need. What’s the big deal? I love Sox fans. I respect the Sox front-office people. If I don’t show up, it’s too easy for people to say, ‘You see, it’s not us, it’s him.’ I don’t want that. The 10-year anniversary is for the fans.’’ That’s a much different attitude than in previous years, when Guillen said he would never attend if former general manager Ken Williams was there or unless the Sox paid him.
Ozzie Guillen wants back in White Sox family
Chicago Sun-Times | Jul 16