As much as you might say otherwise, deep down you like to think you would do just fine as the GM of your favorite team. After all, you watch all the games.
You look at all the stats, even some of the newer ones that your dad and grandpa don't understand. Heck, you even look at the occasional box score from the minor league teams so you can brush up on how last year's No. 1 pick is doing.
So be honest, just between you and I, you think that you could pull off better trades than someone like Kenny Williams, don't you?
Well, I hate to be the one to break it to your ego, but Kenny Williams is a better GM than you are.
What makes Kenny so good? It takes a special GM to be able to keep his team in it year in and year out without being able to throw bags of cash at every talented pitcher and position player that comes out on the market (sorry Mr. Cashman).
That's not to say Kenny doesn't land free agents. After all, former World Series MVP Jermaine Dye came to the south side as a free agent.
The example of the Jermaine Dye signing encapsulates the ability of Kenny Williams. Anyone can look at Carlos Beltran and say, "I WANT HIM!"
It's alright, you don't have to admit to drooling over Beltran and not even knowing Dye was a free agent. However, a shrewd GM like Kenny finds the undervalued players who won't account for one-fourth of your team's payroll.
The most obvious way that Kenny trumps your GM ability is in the trade department. Sure, it doesn't take Billly Beane to know that Jake Peavy is a valuable pitcher, but it does take a gutsy GM to go back to the table after being spurned at the table once (it's alright Jake, all is forgiven).
Kenny brought the former Cy Young winner to Chicago for four players, none of whom are considered to be can't-miss prospects. That might be the case because the Sox don't have any "can't miss" prospects now that Gordon Beckham is with the big club, but I digress.
The fact of the matter is that Kenny acquired the front of the rotation starter that nearly all teams want, for four guys who almost certainly won't come back to bite the Sox.
Please don't take anything in this article to mean that I doubt your ability as GM in MLB 2009 for PS3. I just want you to understand that when it comes to REAL baseball, Kenny Williams is a better GM than you.