In his session with the media before the start of SoxFest Friday at the Palmer House, new White Sox manager Robin Ventura was self-deprecating to a fault, well aware he has big shoes to fill as a media personality in replacing Ozzie Guillen.

“I was just as big a fan as anybody of his press conferences. Mine’s not going to be that way, but that’s just a different personality,” Ventura said. “Personalitywise, for me, this is my least-favorite thing to do. Nothing personal against you,” he added, disarming the reporter who asked the question. “I would rather just do baseball stuff.”