Friday, May 22, 2009
Here is KW’s complete statement from last evening …
Statement from White Sox General Manager Ken Williams in response to Jake Peavy’s comments from this evening:
“It was communicated to me earlier this evening that Jake Peavy is simply not yet ready to make a commitment to join the Chicago White Sox.
“I understand where Jake is coming from given the unusually early timing of this type of event. It’s understandable that he was caught a bit off guard, as most people in his position would be. He has a wife and three young boys to consider, and Jake has earned the right to thoroughly think through this move.
“He and his agent, Barry Axelrod, have been transparent in their thoughts, respectful and complimentary of what we have accomplished with the White Sox, and understand our desire to win another World Series title. I walk away with a greater respect and admiration for both as a result.
“Anyone who has followed our club knows we still have championship aspirations for this season and will continue to improve our current club by pursuing all of our various opportunities.”
Given Peavy’s comments about he reasons for vetoing the trade, I’m a little surprised by some media reaction that the White Sox were “embarrassed” by his decision. Obviously, we wished he had agreed, but unless there is some MLB re-organization planned in the near future that I am unaware of, the White Sox aren’t headed to the National League any time soon. KW took a gamble, that had it paid off would have been huge for the Sox. It didn’t, we move on …
..of course the 20-1 loss made the link all too easy …
We heard somewhere that this was all a PR stunt. That’s taking conspiracy theories a very long away. Apparently, by that line of thinking, another MLB organization was willing to agree to a trade with us that included their very best player, have the deal go public (it broke out of SD late Wednesday night), and then have their best player say no to the trade publicly … all to help make the White Sox look good? Someone has too much time on their hands if they concocted that …
Maybe It’s Me
So now I’ve been around to witness the two worst losses in franchise history … but wait a minute, practically everyone who is reading this has (we also lost 19-0 at LAA on 5/10/02). The great thing about baseball, there’s always another game the next day.