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Look at that picture for a second.
Kenny Williams on the left with his arm around the slugger that he had traded for during the off season. It was bright times on the South Side, even if a sweep by Tampa Bay was right around the corner.
Flash forward to last night. Kenny Williams watching the slugger that he and his manager "couldn't use" clobber a home run into the Minnesota night sky.
I wrote about it before the season and I'll reiterate it right now. HOW CAN A TEAM LIKE THE WHITE SOX NOT RECOGNIZE THEIR NEED FOR A BAT LIKE JIM THOME?
It's equal parts stupefying and maddening.
Not only is Thome a slugger who fits into any lineup, but he's a clubhouse leader.
Oh, and he's also affordable so money is no excuse.
I want to blame this all on Kenny and his massive ego. I want to turn my back on the guy who makes a plethora of clever moves every year along with only one or two stinkers.
But I can't.
Sure it was a mistake to let Thome go, especially to the Sox biggest rival.But Kenny has to work with Ozzie and if the manager didn't think he could use him then what would be the point of forcing him on Ozzie?
I don't know if letting Thome walk away this off-season will lead to the demise of the 2010 White Sox, but it's clear it was a mistake.