The notebooks were put away; the tape recorders switched to off.
But White Sox GM Kenny Williams still had plenty to say at the Cell Monday afternoon, and he was not in a good mood.
By his own calculations, Williams said the Sox have “given away” 17 games this season. Last year, the Sox squandered 12 games all year under the same system.
Williams is almost stunned the White Sox entered Monday night's game vs. Kansas City with a 60-58 record.
He cited mental toughness as the club's most fatal flaw _ particularly the offense's inconsistent hitting with runners in scoring position.
The Sox' GM wasn't overly critical of the club's leaky defense. Williams pointed out that second baseman Chris Getz and third baseman Gordon Beckham are rookies, and Alexei Ramirez hasn't played a full season at shortstop since “he was a kid in Cuba.”
There are 44 games left on the schedule, and Williams still expects the Sox to win the AL Central. But he also said they deserve to be where they're at.
Heading down the stretch, Williams stressed the importance of the White Sox eliminating any nightlife and getting plenty of sleep. Same thing with good nutrition.
Kenny was not in a good mood, that's pretty obvious, but he said he really likes this team and wants to bring the whole group back next year.
That's probably not going to happen, but if the Sox do make the playoffs, maybe Jermaine Dye and Jim Thome come back for another season.
If the White Sox fall short, expect some pretty significant changes.
*Kenny also said Jake Peavy is not going to start against the Cubs in the Sept. 3 makeup game at Wrigley Field. The Sox don't want to take any chances with the ankle injury that's sidelined the 28-year-old pitcher for over two months.
Peavy is scheduled to make his next rehab start for Class AAA Charlotte Tuesday night, and he'll also make a third start in the minor leagues.
It still looks like Peavy is on track to debut on Aug. 28, against New York at Yankee Stadium.
If all goes well, Peavy's second start would be Sept. 2 against the Twins in the Sox' final game at the Metrodome.
*Sounds like most of the tickets for the White Sox' three-game series against the Royals are gone.
Groundskeeper Roger Bossard said there's a “50-50” chance of rain tonight between 7-7:30.