WMBD/WYZZ-TV - NORMAL, Ill. - Living most of his life in Chicago and Miami, Ozney Guillen didn't know what to think of central Illinois.
"It's been very enjoyable. The corn is cool," said Guillen. "Coming from Miami Beach, you're really not used to it. It's been awesome in Normal. It's a great city."
Guillen, 22, is in his rookie season of pro baseball. He signed with the CornBelters in the spring.
Now he's trying to make a name for himself in the Frontier League. He is the youngest of three sons of former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
"I don't think he feels any pressure. He just goes out there and does his job,"' said Ozzie Guiilen. "He doesn't like to be compared to me. Obviously, I think it's unfair but he's handling it well. He knows what he's doing."
Ozzie gets a chance to see his son play from time to time. The Corn Crib is only two hours from Chicago and the CornBelters also play games in Joliet, Schaumburg and Chicago.
"He definitely didn't pressure us to play baseball or anything like that," Oznie Guillen said of his father. "People think that all the time. It's helped a lot being here, the transition. It's been smoother."
Ozney Guillen already has a taste of the big leagues. He just about grew up around guys like Jim Thome, Pauol Konerko and Mark Buehrle in the White Sox clubhouse.
"You get to meet some of the best athletes in the world, people you look up to. You can call them friend, which is nice for a young kid growing up," said Guillen. "It was awesome. You get baby-sat by big names. It was cool."
Now Ozney Guillen is hoping to follow in the footsteps of those former big league stars.
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