Day 2 at the Cold Big O
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
It was a day of meetings, Social Media discussion, comments by the Commissioner and an evening of Ken Williams with the media, ESPN, Comcast Sports Net and The Baseball Network …
Here’s a selection of Ken Williams’ comments late this afternoon …
Where do things stand with Konerko?
Where do they stand? Still. And, unfortunately, I was very hopeful coming down here and I’m less hopeful now. I was hoping it wouldn’t necessarily come to us getting serious with our other options, but we have no choice at this point.
What is the biggest sticking point?
Again, the one thing I think is necessary, it’s appropriate, particularly with a guy who’s been so respectful, so first class, this doesn’t need to be anymore public than it is. So we’ll keep those issues private?
If you do split, what do you think the overall perception would be?
I don’t much care what the perception is of how we have to do business because we’re just gonna try to put the best team on the field. We’re going to be measure, ultimately, by how the team performs. And that’s the measuring stick we should go by. But I’ll do everything in my power to make sure people understand Paul makes his own decisions, and they need to be respected. He’s given Chicago everything we have right to expect. There will be no hard feelings on this end. It’s just the business of baseball.
Is the dialogue still open, are there still talks?
All I can say is we have meetings with other guys representatives tonight, and it’s with the mindset to try and get a deal done. I know we did reach out one more time, to see if we could have one more round of dialogue. If it works, it works. If it doesn’t, we can’t stop the train.
How disappointing would it be for you?
I want the man back. I want the player back and I want the man back. We all do. But you don’t always get what you want. I’ve said it time and time again, but the business of baseball is the business of baseball. Sometimes things just don’t work out. You have to be prepared for it and you have to have a contingency plan in place to react.
Is there a finality in your mind at this point?
It’s never over until its over. That’s the oldest sports cliché there is, but it’s very apropo I think. This is what I was fearful of, you can go through day one down here and try and flush some things out. But when you get towards the end of day two, I think when you’re talking free agents and some of the more impact guys, I think you better get serious with them. We’ve got others teams agents that I’ve kind of put off, up until now. They’re asking me to get serious and I have no choice but to get serious.
Hopeful for a change tonight?
I don’t mean to be ambivalent over it, cause I’m not. I’ve learned to go through the process on an even keel and not get swayed too much to the left or the right. You just forge straight ahead and hope that you’re able to accomplish your goals. And you’re of the same timing and mindset of the player and the representative. And if you’re not, you go to the next guy.
As many of you know, from time to time I tend to screw up on Twitter (imagine that). Sorry for a couple of hiccups during the day today.