So, what did we learn from the first day of SoxFest 2013?
* New General Manager Rick Hahn felt it was best for the long-term that the Sox parted ways with A.J. Pierzynski and said once again the club has confidence that Tyler Flowers can succeed as the everyday catcher. The point was also made that the money that was to be allocated to A.J. was used to retain Jake Peavy and to sign free agent Jeff Keppinger.
* All-Star Paul Konerko, in his 15th year with the Sox and the last year of his contract, talked about the many moving parts that will determine what will happen after his season. In typical Konerko fashion, he said the important thing is to have a good season and things will take care of themselves.
* Chris Sale shared, that in an effort to put on weight to his 6-6, 180 pound frame, he grilled everything in sight, went to Taco Bell and Five Guys. All this in addition to swimming less, doing Pilates and working with a trainer.
* Newly signed reliever Matt Lindstrom said he was excited about joining the Sox and wondered where they were early in the negotiations. He said it was nice to pick where he wanted to go instead of the teams making the decision in his previous experiences.
* John Danks, recovering from shoulder surgery, says the Sox don't want him to do too much even though he's feeling great and seemingly ahead of schedule.
* Gordon Beckham admitted he couldn't remember the name of this AAA manager. When asked by former Sox outfielder Aaron Rowand how long he was there, Beckham responded: "Seven days."
* The best line of the day came from Hahn, who was asked by his boss and former GM Kenny Williams if he would he do better or worse than his predecessor.
"That's not a fair question," Hahn quipped, not missing a beat. "I had a better support staff."