You Can Point Finger at Reinsdorf

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You Can Point Finger at Reinsdorf


The debate has been whether Kenny Williams or Ozzie Guillen is more responsible for the White Sox' increasingly embarrassing follies.

The correct answer is Jerry Reinsdorf.

As field manager, Guillen is responsible for Sox players. As general manager, Williams is responsible for Guillen and the players.

As Sox chairman, Reinsdorf is responsible for his players, his manager, his general manager a for everything.

Guillen gets the most heat because he is in front of the cameras every day, twice a day actually, before and after each game. Williams gets the next most heat for, well, generally managing the Sox into whatever they do.

Finally and foremost is Reinsdorf, heralded by many as the best sports owner in town for his work with the Sox and the Bulls.

Reinsdorf is the man who for eight years has apologized for the outrageous Guillen, referring to him as the Hispanic Jackie Mason as if that were flattering.

Meanwhile, Reinsdorf has condoned Williams' combative nature that tends to escalate minor disagreements into major disputes.

No wonder the White Sox aren't easy for their fans to embrace.

Everything is OK when the Sox win, and they were more than OK when they won the 2005 World Series.

Reinsdorf's philosophy has been build a winner and fans will come. But this season magnifies how easily fans can turn on this Sox organization when the team is mediocre at best.

As much as I like Guillen, he always has been more polarizing than popular. As for Williams, he always has been more tolerable than likable.

Guillen and Williams are easy targets while shielding Reinsdorf, just as Jerry Krause was and did as Bulls general manager. …

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