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Rick Hahn trades Kenny Williams’ son away

Nov 2, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Salting Carthage

This move has some deliciously ancient/medieval overtones.

New White Sox general manager Rick Hahn’s first trade as the Chicago White Sox’ new general manager had him shipping out Kenny Williams Jr., the son of his boss and predecessor, Kenny Williams, to the Rockies.  No word on whether, after the deal, Hahn bedded Williams’ wife, slaughtered his servants and livestock and sowed salt into the soil of Williams farm.

It gets better: In return for Williams Jr., the Rockies sent away Mark Tracy, the son of their former manager Jim Tracy. I presume that Tracy was sacrificed because his father escaped the Rockies’ hangman’s noose by resigning before he could be terminated, and that there was some sort of symbolic shunning of Tracy the Younger before he was cast out.

Baseball is kinda complicated.

  1. cereal blogger - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Craig Calcaterra, nobody knows who you are….

    • stlouis1baseball - Nov 2, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Said the person who blogs about cereal.

  2. jarathen - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    I wonder what Rick Hahn thinks is best in life. Anyone?

    • cur68 - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:51 PM

      Possibly, given his ruthless housecleaning, he might feel that it is best in life to crush your enemies, see them driven before you and to hear the lamentation of their women…or maybe a cup of hot tea on a rainy day…kinda hard to say with some folks, y’know?

      • natstowngreg - Nov 2, 2012 at 4:30 PM

        Probably, the crushing and driving and lamenting…

  3. Old Gator - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    I wish the bastard dead. Say it is done….
    Richard III

  4. mrwillie - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Bring out your dead!

  5. historiophiliac - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    I don’t know if either Denver or Chicago is Carthage, but I appreciate the restraint in your imagery. I mean, you could have gone all Massacre at Chios with it — so thanks for dialing it down.

    • mattyflex - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      I live four miles from Carthage, and I can assure you, Denver and Chicago are nothing like it.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:48 AM

        hoping like hell you mean Carthage, MO

      • mattyflex - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM

        Of course I do.

  6. dawgpoundmember - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    this has been the funniest article i have seen on here since probably the laser pointer article, something about the picture of the cat did it for me.

  7. thebadguyswon - Nov 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    This was outstanding, Craig.

  8. hep3 - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    When Al Campanis took over as GM of the Dodgers from Buzzie Bavasi, the first move Al made was to trade Jimmy Campanis, his son and minor league catcher.

  9. lew24 - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    The SF 49ers must be happy about this deal. They get rid of a guy who cost them a trip to the Super Bowl….wait…oops…wrong son! Sorry!

  10. joecool16280 - Nov 2, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    Now if only the Niners traded the other son …wishfully thinking guess.

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