Guillen's choice at top remains Wise
Leadoff hitter's 0-for-4 debut 'not pretty' but just one game
CHICAGO -- Dewayne Wise certainly didn't need a vote of confidence as the White Sox leadoff man and center fielder after one subpar performance. Wise also probably didn't deserve the booing from the fans at U.S. Cellular Field after three strikeouts and not getting a bunt down twice in the eighth inning of Tuesday's Opening Day win.
But manager Ozzie Guillen provided defense for both Wise and the White Sox faithful's right to voice their opinion before Wednesday's game.
"There's no one that feels worse than him on the kind of day he had, but a lot of people forgot Carlos Quentin was 0-for-4, too, and he was batting third," said Guillen. "I don't think that's this kid's fault about leading off. It's my fault. I take responsibility for it.
"Hopefully for him, he shows up today and is the player he is. I will take the heat for him, I will take the heat for my players. Everybody wants [players] to do good.
"On the other hand, they pay to boo and to clap, and that's why they're fans," Guillen said. "But it's not fair. You going to boo the kid because he's batting first and had the type of day he had? I would rather they boo me."
Guillen pointed out how Wise has been part of the center of attention since Spring Training, when focus on the vacant leadoff spot began pretty much from Day 1 in Arizona. Guillen quickly added that there are no plans to make changes any time soon.
"They're not going to change my mind. I will change my mind when I think it's time to change my mind," Guillen said. "That's what we think is the best and that's why we're keeping him.
"He played great in Spring Training. I think he will play good at the big league level. Patience ... he gives me another couple days, couple weeks with the at-bats he had yesterday -- it wasn't pretty at all -- then I will change my mind. But right now it's too early, it's too soon to do that."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.