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Monday, September 25, 2006

Who's an idiot now?

Remember in baseball's offseason when Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams called Frank Thomas "an idiot" and "selfish?"

You can bet a lot of White Sox and Oakland A's fans do.

With Monday's 14-1 loss to Cleveland, Chicago is one more loss or one more Minnesota win away from elimination, meaning baseball will go without a repeat World Series champion for the sixth straight season.

And as for Thomas? Yeah, he's driven in 100-plus runs -- 61 since the All-Star break -- and he's put the A's on the brink of the playoffs. More importantly, however, he's given A's GM Billy Beane one more reason to think he got the better of Williams, his personal punching bag in "Moneyball," again.


Blogger Michael Messerly said...

Yes, the Chicago White Sox are not making it to the playoffs, yes, Frank Thomas is having a great second half ... but Kenny Williams is no idiot.

Thomas is incredibly talented, but he is also incredibly selfish and foolish.

With Jim Thome and Paul Konerko manning first base, what need did the Sox have for Thomas?

Here's a case where both teams benefit ... it just turns out that the White Sox have the misfortune of being in a far stronger division than the first-round-and-out A's.

Regarding Beane ... his book is a classic example of only judging a book by its cover. His A's can't even make the "money" round while the Sox cashed in!

9:58 PM  
Blogger Scott Ferrell said...

"His book?''

Dude, Michael Lewis wrote the book. And it's not all about Billy Beane. There are whole chapters about people other than Billy Beane.

But much like the national baseball press corps, people don't bother to read the book. They just take shots at Beane.

Read the book and then decide if your opinion of Beane stands.

8:47 PM  
Blogger Pedro Pizarro said...

Read? What's that?

9:54 PM  

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