Team meeting gets Sox on same page

Team meeting gets Sox on same page

CLEVELAND -- The White Sox held a closed door team meeting prior to Monday's season opener against the Indians at Progressive Field. It appears to be a pattern they will follow in each first series before facing a new team.

"It was sharing different ideas of how we are going to play," said White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen of the 15-minute talk before team stretch. "We have to prepare well for the game, prepare ourselves better to go out and compete."

Guillen said he got the idea for this sort of meeting from when he played for Atlanta manager Bobby Cox. He also added that these sort of meetings help bring a team together, one of the targets for White Sox success in 2008.

"Players have a chance to speak up, like if there's something wrong about the scouting report, we can let them know," Guillen said. "But we are going to play as a unit, and lose and win as a team."

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