White Sox commit to charity game

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- General manager Kenny Williams had mixed emotions about the White Sox's committing to a spring charity game in their old spring training haunt of Tucson.

The March 7 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks will be played to benefit the Christina-Taylor Green Memorial fund. Green was the 9-year-old girl killed along with five other people when a gunman opened fire Jan. 8 outside of a Tucson grocery store.

Among the 14 other people that were injured was Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Sending the team to play in the game was an easy decision for the White Sox, but that doesn't mean they are eager participants.

"I wish we weren't part of it," Williams said. "I'm very short with my answer there but I wish we weren't a part of it. I wish it wouldn't have happened obviously. And it's tragic.

"I just don't understand why we can't get some sort of regulation on gun control laws in this country and get a handle on mental health. Get a better hold on what that is all about and how we can effectively help people who aren't in position to help themselves sometimes."

Green is the granddaughter of former Phillies manager Dallas Green and the daughter of Dodgers scout John Green.

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com.