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Kenny Williams hears the boos at Sox Fest

Jan 28, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

Kenny Williams AP

White Sox GM Kenny Williams got the rockstar treatment at Sox Fest after bringing in Adam Dunn last year. A 79-83 season later, the reaction was far different Friday, as he was booed during introductions.

“I was booed in 2004 and 2007 and we went to the playoffs the next year, so bring it on. Hopefully we’ll be three for three,” Williams said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet.  “The guys on stage were trying to determine a percentage, and the consensus was 10 percent. I thought it was more like 20.”

Williams had to be prepared for the reaction after he allowed Mark Buehrle to walk and traded Carlos Quentin and Sergio Santos this winter. His team has been completely silent in free agency, and none of the players picked up in trades figure to help immediately. More than a couple of high-priced veterans will need to have bounce-back seasons for the team to challenge in the AL Central this year.

“The Tigers are clearly the team to beat in our division,” Williams said. “We’ve been clearly the team to beat in our division a number of times, too. It didn’t exactly work out well for us. Let’s hope it doesn’t work out well for them.”

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  1. cubs103years - Jan 28, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Stinks for him he is a traitor

  2. papacrick - Jan 28, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    I see Detroit clinching in August this year with KC finishing 2nd

    • jdd428 - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      The Tigers are certainly heavy favorites and probably will win the division. However, there’s no way they’ll clinch by August when the infield leads the league in errors and lowest range factor, thereby increasing their runs allowed and the ERAs of their pitching staff. I bet Paul Konerko could even beat out a bunt for a hit if Cabrera’s playing third.

  3. vincentbojackson - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Good strategy, sit back and hope your competition fails. Nice work!

  4. whittle79 - Jan 28, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Jdd !!
    I rather have Cabrera batting .330 an having his 40 hrs an Giving up am error every 8 games then playing Inge at 3rd.
    When an error every 13 games an batting .190.

  5. brewcitybummer - Jan 28, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Dunn is certainly the biggest black mark on his resume particularly because he coveted him for years. But the Daniel Hudson Edwin jackson trade is a close 2nd in my mind. Both players are righty starters with very similar fastball and slider arsenals. The thing is the prospect he gave up was the better major league pitcher when the trade happened. So he basically gave up six years of cheap club control of a good young starter so he could rent the older, inferior version of the same player at a significantly higher price. That’s a REALLY bad trade

    • qcubed3 - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      And don’t forget giving up Gio Gonzalez for Nick Swisher plus the Alex Rios waiver claim . . . then saddling the club with Peavy and Dunns’ huge contracts . . . then trading away Sergio Santos for a bag of balls and a tub of big league chew . . . I like big league chew, but come on!

  6. stlram - Jan 29, 2012 at 3:23 AM

    sounds like the Six and the Cubs are gonna battle for most mediocre team in their respective leagues this year

    • jwbiii - Jan 29, 2012 at 2:19 PM

      If either the Sox or the Cubs reach mediocrity, .500, they will have had a surprisingly good season.

  7. proudlycanadian - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    The White Sox have certainly scouted the Blue Jay farm system quite well. The Santos for Molina trade should work out quite well in the long run. Molina is a great pitching prospect who could possibly reach the big team by mid season. I was disappointed that the Jays traded him. The two pitching prospects that the White Sox got for returning Frasor to the Jays have the ability to eventually pitch in the majors. They have yet to harness their talent, but they both have a lot of upside potential. Both of them were drafted by the Jays and received signing bonuses above scale.

  8. jwbiii - Jan 29, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Trader Vic’s is no longer in the Palmer House, so Kenny can’t go down to the basement and suck down a few suffering bastards.

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