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Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Motivation well runs dry for Sox GM

By Doug Padilla

A winning attitude comes from the top, so what does the guy in charge of White Sox roster decisions think of the team’s chances with 42 games to play?

Surely, the team’s eight victories in its last 10 games heading into play Tuesday has him feeling good about what lies ahead.

“Listen, I wish I did (feel better),” general manager Kenny Williams said about his 60-60 club. “But I’m not going to tell you something that I don’t believe. I don’t have a good feel after we sit here after 120 games. And it’s just been inconsistent play. I’m still very optimistic. Again if we start to click, even just a little bit, we can put together a heck of a run. But the fact of the matter is we haven’t, so I can’t assume it’s going to happen.”

On the long list of inspirational speeches in sports history, this one probably won’t rank very high.

“All I can expect is the effort to be there every day and the intensity to be there every day,” Williams said. “We’ve got 42 games left. It’s not hard to keep your intensity level up with 42 games. That’s what I expect and hopefully we can get on a roll and some guys can get some confidence back maybe that they haven’t had thus far.”

Williams isn’t exactly talking about running through the proverbial wall, but rather finding a ladder or some crates and piling them high so that maybe the guys can climb over the top. Or maybe somebody can find a shovel and tunnel underneath.

His uncertainty seems to match that of White Sox fans, who have elected to not pack a ballpark that charges some of the highest ticket prices in the game.

All the losing, the $127-million payroll and the lower-than-hoped-for attendance has pretty much eliminated the chance that the White Sox will make some waiver wire additions before playoff rosters are due on Sept. 1.

“I’ve made no secret about it quite a while that we are limited from a payroll standpoint at this point and time,” Williams said. “We haven’t earned our fans patronage enough to put us in that position and that’s nobody’s fault except our own fault.

“Anything that would come across right now, even if it were appealing from a talent standpoint, we are not in a position to be able to do it. Again, that’s our fault. That’s nobody’s fault, except me, my staff and the people in uniform.”

With catchers A.J. Pierzynski and Ramon Castro both out with injuries, it looks like Tyler Flowers will get his chance to shine.

“It’s just a wait-and-see approach,” Williams said about the team. “We have been a little inconsistent this year. So, whether it’s series-to-series or game-to-game, I just wait and watch just like you guys.”