GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The dust has settled in the feud between Kenny Williams
and Ozzie Guillen. Who won? Who lost? Thats open to interpretation. Williams is the last man standing with the White Sox. Guillen is in Miami with the security of a 4-year, 10 million contract with the Marlins.
If the White Sox are able to turn their fortunes around in 2012, who will get a lions share of the credit?
But if the White Sox dont succeed, and its another season of misery, who will get most of the blame?
His boss, Jerry Reinsdorf is one of the most loyal owners in professional sports. Despite the White Sox winning just one playoff game since 2005, Reinsdorf has stayed with Williams through thick and thin.
How long will that same loyalty exist? No one knows the answer. But on the day that pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, Williams let it be known that if hes not able to change the fortunes of the White Sox franchise, hes willing to walk away from the post.
I felt fortunate to be a part of this whole equation, Williams said. If there comes a time where Jerry Reinsdorf believes theres somebody who can do this job in a better way and provide him with a better chance to win and build an organization, and do the things that it takes to build an organization, Ill be the first to step up and say, Listen you need to make this move, and well be anything but grateful and thankful and Ill move on my way or move into a different position if he were to suggest that.
Its professional sports. If you do not win, and it has been three years since weve gone to the playoffs, if you dont win, changes are made. I have gone into this situation knowing that. I can accept it if ultimately thats the call. And we can go out the next day, he can call me up and well go out for a steak and a cigar. It will be all good."