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Jerry Reinsdorf talks about why the White Sox have gone “all-in”

Mar 17, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

Reinsdorf, chairman of MLB team Chicago White Sox and NBA basketball team Chicago Bulls, smiles as he participates at the 2010 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills

It’s so rare that you hear a team owner talk frankly about the big picture decisions that come with running a team. They all say they’re always trying to win. When they tear down and rebuild, they all talk about it being some inevitable process that was forced on them by the laws of Man and Nature, and that even so, the rebuilding will be brief and glorious and the team will be fun to watch as it happens. This strikes me as hooey most of the time, and an interview Jerry Reinsdorf gave to the White Sox beat guys yesterday bolsters that belief.

It’s a great read in which Reinsdorf notes that the Chisox could have gone either way this season, either letting their free agents go and packing it in or else going a bit nuts and loading up to catch Minnesota. Notably, he includes his thoughts about the profitability implications to all of that.  It’s not often that you hear a team owner admit that, yeah, gutting the roster could make the team turn a profit and that rebuilding can often be a long slog during which some bad baseball is played, but Reinsdorf was pretty frank about it.

And best of all, he dropped a rather self-aware line:

“The idea of being bad for two or three years is a horrible thought when you’re 75 years old.”

One gets the sense that super rich dudes who own big businesses — especially sports teams — think they’re going to live forever. It’s nice to see that that’s not the case for everyone.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Mar 17, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    I give the man credit for taking the risks he has in the off season. I’ll also do my best to make it to a bunch of Sox games to help the cause. If they are really good out the gate, it will do a lot for their ticket sales, b/c Sox fans don’t fill that stadium until August (when good). Obvious, I know, but Wrigley is the opposite, it empties in August. I, for one, am glad there will be at least one solid baseball team here in Chicago. As for Wrigley, I’ll go there, but only to get blindingly drunk and talk to hopefully-attractive-but-won’t-be-able-to-tell-so-who-cares girls.

  2. heyblueyoustink - Mar 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Looks like he went in at the Old Country Buffet

    • heyblueyoustink - Mar 17, 2011 at 10:55 AM

      *all in*

  3. luckywi - Mar 17, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    Man if I didn’t have a signifigantly different rooting interest (we’re going to win Twins, we’re going to score….) I could like that guy.

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