Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kenny Wants You to Know That He's A Good Listener


The White Sox have had players in camp for four days now, and it's been a pretty good reminder that getting excited for players reporting to camp is always a letdown.

Once they get there you suddenly remember how boring spring training is before they start playing the actual games -- which are still kind of boring, but not as boring -- and roster battles start shaping up, surprises emerge, and an unexpected injury creeps in.
Of course, since this is Robin Ventura's first spring training as manager of the White Sox, people are incredibly interested in seeing how he runs things. Well, if he runs things. Since he was hired there's always been the perception that Ventura has been brought on as some sort of Kenny Williams puppet, but Kenny wants you to know that isn't the case.

See, Kenny realizes that in order for a relationship to work, there has to be communication, and a part of communication is listening. At some point in his previous relationship with Ozzie Guillen, the listening stopped, eyes began to wander, and the duo split apart.

Rebound or not, Kenny isn't going to let that happen again with Robin.

“One of the things I expounded on in [meetings] that we’ve had as a staff — and I certainly want to interject some things that I feel we need here — but I don’t want to do so at the risk of stifling everyone else’s ideas and some of the things they bring to the table that we may have been missing," Williams told the Sun-Times.

“I’m in a position that I’m going to do a lot more listening at the beginning, and I’m going to interject when I think it’s necessary and express my opinion. But he was hired for a reason, and that was to run this club the way he sees fit.”

Until he comes along and says he wants to use Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay as a platoon at designated hitter. Then Kenny stops listening.

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