Ozzie Guillen might not like coming to Wrigley Field, but the White Sox manager seemed to be having a good time there Wednesday.
Before the Sox' 4-1 victory over the Cubs, he greeted Cubs manager Lou Piniella on the field and lifted up his black warmup jacket to reveal a Cubbie-blue T-shirt that read, ''Ozzie Mows Wrigley.'' The two shared a hearty laugh about Guillen's new purchase, which he made that morning outside the stadium that he says makes him ''puke.''
Rich Callow, the vendor who sold the shirt to Guillen, said he saw Guillen arriving at the ballpark.
''I told Ozzie, 'Hey you want to see a T-shirt?''' Callow said. ''He came over and looked at it and started laughing. He liked it a lot and wanted to buy it.''
Callow didn't know Guillen intended to wear it.
The shirt features a caricature of a smiling Guillen pushing a lawnmower with the Wrigley scoreboard in the background.
''If I made a shirt like that, they would have me back on the couch for my sensitivity training,'' Guillen joked.
The stereotypical nature of the grass-cutting theme came under criticism last month after a sports blog posted a picture of a St. Louis Cardinals fan wearing a shirt that said ''Zambrano mows my lawn" -- a reference to Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano -- and a picture of a man cutting grass while wearing a sombrero.
Theresa Nagle, who designed the shirt and has several souvenir stands throughout the Wrigleyville area, said she didn't receive any complaints.
''Today we were selling the shirts and every Sox fan that was at the game didn't take it as offensive,'' Nagle said. ''Obviously, if Ozzie bought the shirt and wore it, I don't think he took it offensively. In his eyes, he does like that shirt. If he didn't like it, he wouldn't wear it.''
Nagle said the shirt shouldn't be taken seriously.
''We're not against the Sox and it wasn't meant as anything bad against him,'' she said. ''It was meant jokingly."
As the rain-shortened two-game series wraps up this afternoon, Nagle anticipates increased sales thanks to Guillen.
''I'm pretty sure sales are going to double on that shirt since he wore it all day,'' she said.
*Special thanks to Joe Cowley*