MEXICALI, Mexico -- It's been 22 years since he stepped on the field for a Caribbean Series game, but Ozzie Guillen's presence is being felt every game during the 2009 version of the round-robin tournament.
The image of the White Sox manager is featured on a billboard above the bleachers in left field alongside the words "El Beisbol con Orgullo" in an advertisement for Orgullosox.com, which is the team's Spanish site. The phrase means "Baseball with Pride" in English.
"The signage at the Caribbean Series is our salute to Latin American baseball," said Lou Hernandez, White Sox director of public relations. "El Beisbol con Orgullo is very much a team mantra that Latin American ballplayers that have played in the Caribbean Series have demonstrated, from [Roberto] Clemente, [Vinny] Castilla [to Omar] Vizquel and White Sox greats Chico Carrasquel, [Luis] Aparicio, [Minnie] Minoso. And Ozzie, of course. More than anything, that sign is a 'sign' that Los Medias Blancas are with them."
Guillen played in the Caribbean Series in 1983, '85 and '86 with La Guaira. He suited up for Caracas in '87. In 15 games, he hit .154.
Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.