Truth & Rumors > MLB

White Sox owe more to fans

Views
17436
Comments
33

08:15 AM ET 06.21 | Ken Williams intimated earlier this week that the White Sox currently lack the kind of turnstile action that might allow them to behave like a big-market club. Williams reminded us Monday how financial constraints tied to attendance woes will dictate how aggressive he can be pursuing players the Sox need. "I don't want to do it, but yes (it's still an issue)," Williams said. He wasn't whining but merely following the long-held policy of Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. ... Reinsdorf, through Williams, basically is threatening fans that the Sox won't get more competitive with a trade for an expensive pitcher such as Ryan Dempster unless they support that idea by buying more tickets. How many restaurateurs vow to improve the food only when the dining room is busier?

Chicago Tribune

Ken Williams, Getty Images Ken Williams, Getty Images
June 21, 2012  08:34 AM ET

They draw good enough when they win. They win when the GM makes good decisions.

June 21, 2012  08:53 AM ET

Williams I don't think the Sox fans just got off the bus. Everyone knows you make a trade the players is under contract and has no say on coming to your team stupid.

Comment #3 has been removed
June 21, 2012  09:17 AM ET

That's like buying a used car without test driving it.

June 21, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Williams I don't think the Sox fans just got off the bus. Everyone knows you make a trade the players is under contract and has no say on coming to your team stupid.

What?

June 21, 2012  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They draw good enough when they win.

No they don't.

June 21, 2012  09:35 AM ET

Even during the 2005 season, when the White Sox were in first place for a majority of the year, fans did not start showing up in droves until September. Also, this year they've been in first for a bit and are now in second. No one cares. The White Sox fan base doesn't care, so why should ownership?

Comment #8 has been removed
June 21, 2012  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The White Sox are Chicago's step-child, no doubt about it. In every way.Just make your team better...then hope the fans will come.

In every way? So you're saying the quality of baseball the White Sox play is inferior to that of the Cubs?

June 21, 2012  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

What?

Yeah, I need an interpreter for that one.

June 21, 2012  10:36 AM ET

they say this every year, especially around the trade deadline. it hasn't stopped them from making deals. They said the same thing before the Rios and Peavy trades. if KW finds a deal where the player is right and the $ is high, Reinsdorf would sign off on it. nonstory.

June 21, 2012  10:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

they say this every year, especially around the trade deadline. it hasn't stopped them from making deals. They said the same thing before the Rios and Peavy trades. if KW finds a deal where the player is right and the $ is high, Reinsdorf would sign off on it. nonstory.

The only difference being this year, they have no prospects worth trading and no wiggle room to add the salary of expensive veterans. The last time the White Sox were in the playoffs was 2008. Every year, like you said, KW will go out and bring in somebody he thinks will push his team through to the playoffs. It hasn't been working. They need to acquire prospects now, despite being .5 games back in a horribly weak division.

June 21, 2012  11:39 AM ET

Sox's owe more to there fans and want more fans in the Staduim?


Free peanuts and Beer in the 7th inning stretch that will put them in there.

June 21, 2012  12:19 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Williams I don't think the Sox fans just got off the bus. Everyone knows you make a trade the players is under contract and has no say on coming to your team stupid.

Given your command of the language, I'd ease off on calling other people stupid...

June 21, 2012  01:56 PM ET

The Cell is not a tourist attraction like Wrigley so the Sox have to actually play good baseball to get people to show up. Sox fans (like myself) are just not convinced about this team. Beyond Sale and Peavy (and maybe Quintana) the starting rotation is shaky at best. The closer situation is slightly better than last year when Santos needed a 2-3 run lead of a cushion in order to get a save.

June 21, 2012  04:48 PM ET

Unfortunately, no matter how successful the Sox are, a short winning streak by the Cubs will always shift the city's attention to the north. Chicago belongs to the CUBS!
Always has, always will. Good luck White Sox. GO CUBBIES!

June 21, 2012  05:02 PM ET

I am glad to meet another English scholar Mr. EZ. Where I come from if you hear stupid remarks being made you respond in any language you desire to get your point across.

June 21, 2012  06:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Unfortunately, no matter how successful the Sox are, a short winning streak by the Cubs will always shift the city's attention to the north. Chicago belongs to the CUBS!Always has, always will. Good luck White Sox. GO CUBBIES!

Yeah, how's that title hunt going for you?

June 21, 2012  06:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Chicago belongs to the CUBS!Always has, always will. Good luck White Sox. GO CUBBIES!

Well considering both teams are more than 100 years old, not so much.

 
June 21, 2012  06:44 PM ET

Cubs - 33 home games - average attendance 37,000
Sox - 37 home games - average attendance 22,000.

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    D'Antoni's newest 'blunder'
    Views
    1778
    Comments
    865
  2. 2
    Baseball's top 2015 free agent
    Views
    1685
    Comments
    527
  3. 3
    The NHL's model franchise?
    Views
    1774
    Comments
    136
  4. 4
    Cup drought weighing on Sid
    Views
    1764
    Comments
    106
  5. 5
    Smith won't play for San Fran in 2014
    Views
    3366
    Comments
    63

SI.com

SI Photos