White Sox G.M. Kenny Williams tells the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley he’d have to be awfully desperate to consider taking a similar position on the North side of town. Luckily for all parties concerned, no such job is on offer (link swiped from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory).
Asked Wednesday about the different environments that surround the teams, Williams pulled no punches.
”It is so different,” Williams said. ”You might as well build a border, a Great Wall of China on Madison, because we are so different. We might as well be in two different cities.
”The unfortunate thing for me is it’s a shame that a certain segment of Chicago refused to enjoy a baseball championship being brought to their city. The only thing I can say is, ‘Happy anniversary.”’
Williams was referring, of course, to the 2005 World Series trophy prominently displayed at 333 W. 35th St., and the Cubs’ 100 years of futility across town.
Williams was asked — if the opportunity presented itself — if he could imagine ever being GM of the deep-pocketed, throw-money-at-every-hole Cubs.
”That would be a betrayal,” Williams said before a long pause. ”God, I would really, really have to need the job. Oh, wow, really need the job.”
Then he flipped things.
”Let me just throw out one question: What happens if we win another one before they win one?” he said.
Of embattled Mets assistant G.M. Tony Bernazard, Newsday’s Ken Davidoff writes “he hangs around the clubhouse more than any front-office person I’ve ever seen,” adding “when he’s not with the players, he can often be found with Mets COO Jeff Wilpon.” Bernazard is described by Davidoff as appearing “giddy as a schoolgirl with a new dress” this Tuesday morning as news of Willie Randolph’s firing circulated.
If Bernazard is indeed the Mets mole responsible for so many recent hits to Randolph’s professional reputation, his recent karmic payback has been severe. With the possible of exeption of Omar Minaya himself, when was the last time an assistant GM achieved such name recognition?