Ozzie reflects on playing Astros, 2005 Series

Ozzie reflects on playing Astros, 2005 Series

HOUSTON -- Barring the playoffs, Wednesday's meeting between the Marlins and Astros at Minute Maid Park will be their last as National League opponents. Houston moves to the American League West in 2013.

Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has some pretty good memories of Houston, a team he defeated in the 2005 World Series as manager of the Chicago White Sox.

"Coming back here, the flashback is outstanding," Guillen said. "I know how hard it is to win the World Series -- how hard it is to get there. [Minute Maid Park] is always going to have great memory for my family and myself."

One memory that stands out about that Series is a managerial move that wasn't made by Guillen, but rather his son, Oney. Guillen said he was prepared to send White Sox utility player Pablo Ozuna into the game as a pinch-hitter, but his son convinced him to use Geoff Blum instead.

"Ozuna was ready to go in and make a double-switch, but Oney, he was right behind me, told me Blum was ready," Guillen said. "I put Blum in at second base [instead]. And Blum came up and hit a home run to win the game. The ball was bouncing our way. When the Series was over, the first people I was hugging was my kids.

"It was a great memory. Hopefully I'll have another one pretty soon."