CHICAGO -- Skeptical there was a video tribute planned, Jon Garland was at the top step of the Dodgers dugout after the National Anthem on Friday to see if it was true.
Sure enough, the White Sox put together about a one-minute video package that showed highlights of the Chicago White Sox careers of both Garland and Juan Uribe, who are in town for this weekend’s three-game interleague series.
The video highlighted the 2005 World Series in particular, reading “Thank you for 2005,” at the conclusion.
“I heard [about] that last night and I didn’t believe [it],” Garland said before Friday’s series opener. “Somebody sent me a text and I thought they were kidding me. Then I ended up reading about it somewhere. I always say, you’re either well-liked or you did something special or were a part of something special. I like to think I was all of that.”
Both former White Sox players said their hellos before the game, with Uribe even spending a little time in the White Sox dugout.
Uribe was in Friday’s starting lineup, batting fifth and playing second base. Garland will get his chance to face the White Sox on Saturday when he is matched against good friend Mark Buehrle. Neither pitcher thought the matchup would be that big of a deal.
“If it was at Dodger Stadium where I had to [hit against] him or see him on the mound it would be different but I don’t really have anything to do with the opposing pitcher,” Buehrle said. “It will be weird. This is a guy that you’ve rooted for for seven years when he was here. Now that he’s on the mound [with somebody else] it’s kind of different rooting against him now. But you know I’m going to go out there to win the game and he’s going to do the same thing.”
Garland agreed that it would only be awkward if he was throwing pitches to Buehrle.
“To me, I’m going to get caught up watching him pitch,” Garland said. “I enjoyed doing it so much when I was here. Hopefully it doesn’t take me out of what I have to do.”
Once inseparable when they played together, Buehrle said the pair hasn’t been as close since they now live in different parts of the country.
“Obviously I have a family now, he doesn’t, we’re on different teams, he’s on the West Coast,” Buehrle said. “We’ll text back and forth but sometimes it will be a couple of days before we get back to each other because he’s on the West Coast playing and I’m home in bed.
“I think anybody you play with, when you’re around them every day, obviously you’re closer when you’re with them. But when you get on different teams it’s just kind of natural with the scheduling that you’re not as close.”
To recognize the moment of their Saturday duel, Buehrle said he thought about leaving something on the mound between innings for Garland to find. But with all the television cameras around he didn’t want anybody spying on the moment.
“I don’t know what to do to not get in trouble,” Buehrle said. “Maybe I’ll send him a couple of text messages during the game instead of doing something on the mound.”