Kenny Williams has a bit of weird relationship with local media. It seems as though Kenny -- and, to some degree, Ozzie -- have a chip on their shoulder in the way th White Sox are covered in Chicago. It's the same chip many White Sox fans have. And, to be fair, it's not entirely unwarranted. But whether the Sox brass plays up that us vs. them thing for the sake of relating with fans, or it's real, it occasionally leads to some interesting interviews.
Like yesterday's Williams interview, in which he absorbed a small bit of criticism and stuck to his guns regarding his plan to go young this season:
"I don't worry about the messages because no matter what I say, people are going to form their own opinions and draw their own conclusions," Williams said. "Another thing that's interesting is it wasn't so long ago that people were calling us old," Williams said. "And now some of the same complaints I'm getting is that we're too young going into the season. But the key is neither to be old or young, but to be good."
It is true: A few years ago the Sox were too old. They were criticized accordingly. Now they've decided to rely on their developmental division, and hey, it might not work, but it's either this or keep hoping the same aging veterans are going to keep defying the laws of science and baseball common sense, which is to say, stop getting worse. That won't happen.
So good for Kenny. 2009 might be a down year for the Sox, but at least they'll know what they have. That's better than praying for what you don't.