Chicago Tribune - New Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn intends to carry the mission of predecessor Ken Williams to compete annually for championships with a few twists. ”I intend to carry over some of Kenny’s aggressiveness and creativity,” Hahn said Friday at a news conference at U.S. Cellular Field, where Williams was promoted to executive vice president. The biggest issue during the news conference was whether Hahn, who served under Williams for 12 seasons, would have final say on all baseball matters, including trades. “It’s Rick’s decision until it’s not,” Williams said. “When it’s not, we’ll have to hammer it out.”
Vote of confidence right off the bat from Kenny! That’s gotta make you feel like a million bucks your first day on the job if you’re Rick Hahn. Your boss who just handed over the keys comes out in public and basically says you’re gonna be riding with training wheels the whole time and he’s still gonna handle all the grown man business.
Also, am I crazy or does it seem like it’d be better to be the General Manager than the Exec. Vice President? I don’t know one single thing about the hierarchy of companies and shit but in sports it seems like the GM is top dog. Obviously not more than the owners but GM’s get all the credit in public when things go right and then just fire everyone else when things go wrong. Just put a team together, tell everyone what to do, then smash stereos and throw baseball bats in the clubhouse if everything doesn’t work out just like Brad Pitt in Moneyball.
PS – “That’s what losing sounds like” is a sneaky great sports movie speech. Quick, to the point, highly efficient.