Sunday, February 26, 2006
Thank God The Angels Have A Grownup GM
"He's an idiot. He's selfish. That's why we don't miss him," Williams said, responding to a Thomas interview that appeared in The Daily Southtown, a newspaper in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park, Ill.The Daily Southtown interview contained this bit:
Arvia: The weird thing about this is A's GM Billy Beane and Kenny are pretty tight (or were until Beane made some disparaging remarks about Williams in a book) ...Thank God Stoneman keeps his mouth shut.
Thomas: No it isn't. Bottom line, Kenny and I have never seen eye to eye, from Day 1. There's no secret about that. It started in 2000. That has stuck with him from Day 1, when he took the job in 2000.
I would have been better off in 2000 asking to be traded instead of sitting in that situation I did for that five years. After we lost to Seattle in the playoffs that year, I should have been traded.
That's when the bitterness started, and it was over a contract. You're damn right. And you saw how it ended up — first superstar in the game to get money taken off the (bleeping) plate. That's where all that started.
It just isn't fair for a GM to be that stupid and then get a free pass because of an act of god. Now when Castilla has a .688 OPS but 35 RBI the press will act like it was a good trade because Lawrence isn't playing at all.