49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams isn’t the only family member hearing it from fans recently. His father, White Sox GM Kenny Williams, was booed by fans at the team’s “Sox Fest” event Friday. The boos were a response to the team’s disappointing 79-83 season last year, but Williams says he doesn’t mind them.
“I was booed in 2004 and 2007 and we went to the playoffs the next year, so bring it on. Hopefully we’ll be three for three,” Williams said in an interview with Comcast SportsNet. “The guys on stage were trying to determine a percentage, and the consensus was 10 percent. I thought it was more like 20.”
Williams contrasts this year’s experience with last year’s, when he says he was cheered after walking into a local restaurant because fans approve of the team’s offseason moves. We saw how that turned out.
Though Williams is optimistic about the upcoming season, White Sox fans should be concerned. The team traded Carlos Quentin and Sergio Santos, and failed to re-sign Mark Buehrle. They still have plenty of talent, but they’ll need guys like Adam Dunn, Alex Rios, Gordon Beckham, and Jake Peavy to play at the All-Star level they’re capable of in order to have a successful year.
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