This past Tuesday and Wednesday, the Chicago White Sox held organizational meetings for the first time since 2007. Why they waited so long is a matter for debate.
Tuesday, November 8th, 8:00 AM (Scottsdale, AZ)
Kenny Williams: First of all, let's all thank Paul for allowing us use of his rumpus room on such short notice. There was a snafu at the hotel, and uh, yeah, you know how these things are.
Konerko: Aw, well, it's no problem, really. I was just, uh, you know, doing some stuff around the house, and uh, you guys can stay here long as you want. It's more of a basement really at this point, I mean, I've been meaning to put like, some bumper pool or...(trails off)
KW: Paul, Paul...Paul!
KW: We're fine
PK: Ok, like I said, I'll be upstairs, uh, if you know, you need anything. There's beers in the fridge down here actually....might help myself actually...later in the day if, uh...
KW: Ok, so, thank you, Paul
PK: Right, I'll leave you alone (exits)
(KW crosses item off his list with a smirk)
Robin Ventura: I wondered why our conference room at the Westin fell through
KW: Huh? What? Uh, let's get started
November 8th, 10:30 AM
KW: So I just thought I'd pass around these organizational rosters--with accompanying reports--so everyone knows where we're at
(coaches skim in silence)
Don Cooper: Well, it is what it is--
RV: Where's Hudson? Isn't he still with us? I remember seeing one his starts in '09...really impressive
KW: You don't remember?
RV: Kenny, I've been watching college and minor league games the past few years
Jeff Manto: WOW! Whenever I even see Adam Dunn's name! You wanna talk about the most prolific left-handed hitters of all time
Kenny: Uh, yes, well, we all have a lot of faith in him--
RV: Was Hudson traded?
KW: Yes, for Jackson
JM: And Rios! Man! Do you guys remember when he came up? Bon-a-fide 5-tools!
RV: ...Nope, I don't see Jackson either
JM: Gordon Beckham! Man, what was he? A top-10 pick?
KW: He was traded too, ok!...Yes, Jeff, he went 8th overall. Went overslot though...
RV: Well who for?
Mark Parent: Oh yeah, he got flipped for a young kid, with the uh, the cheese...Colby...Cobly Rasmus!
PK: (having just walked in) We got Rasmus!?....Sorry, I was just down here for a beer...you guys want one?
KW: No! Stewart! We got Stewart
PK: Oh yeah! Right....with the curls and stuff. Eh...
RV: Oh, yeah I see him here.....never heard of him
November 8th, 2:00 PM
KW: Robin, you're doing this managing thing for the first time. So we prepared an orientation for you (hands over packet)
RV: Oh wow, um, when did you put this together?
KW: Well, I didn't, Ozzie did.
DC: You had Oz prepare an orientation packet for his replacement after he asked out of his contract?
KW: Of course not!....He wrote this in '07
KW: You know, at the last winter meetings
KW: That's not the reason why we had prob--you know, just read it, ok?!
OZZIE GUILLEN'S GUIDE TO NEW MANAGER PRESUMABLY HIRED AFTER PEACEFUL TRANSFER OF POWER
- Thas all job is easy to judge manager from the studio
- I play the game for long time
- U don't know what happen
COMMUNICATING WITH PLAYERS
- Iam glad the veteran make happen
- Mark buurrrrrr thanks for a great memories buddy love ya man
- Iam not in good mood now
- Real sport whit bryan gumbel amaizing program this week iam a big fan all u programs are great sir
- Phill rogers star sound like jay marrioti lol lol
- 670 score very smart people talking baseball lol, I feel bad for mithc have to work whit this ignorants
- Ice cream movie sleep well
- I need to lose 10 pound please help me
- Dahon travel bike is awesome
- Fundamental baseball people thas how u win games
- Good defence smart game win in any sport
- God grab your neck but never choke
- No matter how hard e is yes keep going and fighting to the end. The best of my life is not hear yet will coming iam a warrior whit a lot hard and marbles
RV: Well, this is...uh...
KW: Say what you want about the man, but the baseball mind is right there.
RV: Yeah, you know I might help myself to one of those beers after all
November 9th, 5:00 AM
(Konerko wanders downstairs to futz with circuit breaker, flicks on light, reveals Joe McEwing sitting silently at meeting table)
PK: OH #$%@!
PK: Joe, you're here, what, 4 hours early?
Joe McEwing: Grindy
November 9th, 11:00 AM
RV: So, it seems like we're talking about trading away the heart of our rotation with Danks and Floyd
KW: The market is right for us to strike right now, plus we got Stewart ready to slide in
RV: I reiterate that I've never heard of that guy
MP: Didn't he give up 6 HRs to the Royals his last time out?
KW: It was 4. I don't know how that number keeps getting inflated. Besides, Coop's going to teach him a cutter.
DC: Actually I was thinking I'd teach him an eephus pitch. I think I might teach the whole staff an eephus pitch. Shingo had one that was pretty good, but mostly I just like saying it. Eeeeeephus. Eephus. Heh, Eephus
Harold Baines: Eephus
DC: See, Harold gets it!
[Last 5 times Harold Baines spoke
3/03/10 - Spring Training: "So...Jermaine's gone?"
7/20/08 - U.S. Cellular Field statue dedication ceremony: "This statue means...." (sobs)
6/27/07 - White Palace Grill: "Scrambled...with toast, please"
1/24/06 - In response to home invader: "Leave"
10/26/05 - "My eyes...it got in my eyes"]
Kenny Williams sends a frantic text message to Reinsdorf "We gave Cooper too much job security!!!"
November 9, 3:00 PM
KW: Well, De Aza gets on base, he's got good speed, and plays a hell of a centerfield.
JM: Yeah, but he's not a traditional leadoff man, is he?
KW: Well, maybe not, but would you rather have Pierre?
MP: He was traditional
RV: Traditional leadoff man gets on base, hits for a high average. Pierre did neither.
DC: So what is a traditional leadoff man, then?
RV: Well, now we're just back to square one again, aren't we?
November 9, 8:00 PM
KW: I just want to thank everyone for a great meeting. Great conversations. I'm really excited for 2012
RV: Agreed, this was great guys
MP: I know I can't wait to get started
JM: Provided I'm not managing the Cardinals--
KW: Not a damn chance
JM: --Spring Training is going to be great
KW: Yeah...I think you're right
2 months later...
Frank McCourt: Yeah, we're going to need to raise Spring Training ticket prices 9,000,000 %
KW: What the hell? Why are you still here!?!?!