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Ventura committed to honoring his contract

CHICAGO -- Whether the struggling White Sox hold the disappointing course and hope for positive change or engage in a rebuild process before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, manager Robin Ventura isn't going anywhere.

Ventura has one year left on his deal after the 2013 season, and he made it clear during Saturday afternoon's pregame media session that he is entirely committed to honoring that deal.

"For one reason or another, there's a whisper that because it's going like this, I'm not going to come back. That's the furthest thing from the truth," Ventura said. "I'm in it for as long as I'm in it, and then you go from there.

"A situation like this, I would be ashamed to walk away just because it's tough. I think that's part of being in it with these guys. I'm here as much as they are, as far as turning it around and being ready to go."

When asked if the "walk away" reference dealt with this season or after the 2013 campaign, Ventura said "any of it."

"It's just one of those, I know I have my contract and it's going to go to there, and then you talk again," Ventura said.

The last two days marked a brief respite from baseball for Ventura, who returned home to California for one of his daughter's high school graduation and his son's graduation from junior high school. He was able to monitor the games, although he didn't see them pitch for pitch.

He did catch the end of the 16-inning victory Wednesday in Seattle at the airport, having to leave early from the 5 1/2-hour affair to get back for the graduation festivities. Ventura understands the last two losses have been tough for his team, much like the entire season, but he also refuses to let his team get down, let alone give up.

"You keep going," Ventura said. "You can ... sit there and think something bad is going to happen, or you can change it. We have to find a way to change it.

"There's no reason to feel sorry or get down. Again, you have to look at where you are at and what the possibilities are and realize you should enjoy it. It's harder sometimes than others. Again, there are worse situations out there."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin.
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