It's been almost a decade since the White Sox won the 2005 World Series.
It's been almost as long since Kenny Williams was this excited before the start of a season.
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The White Sox executive vice president joined David Kaplan on SportsTalk Live from Friday's SoxFest Opening Ceremonies and said he is eager to put the team's 99-loss 2013 campaign completely in the rearview mirror.
"I'm probably as excited as I've been since going to spring training in 2006 when I thought we could win back-to-back World Series, or at least get to the World Series again," Williams said. "I am as excited as I've been in quite some time to get there and see the fruits of our labor. Some of these guys will get on the field and will soon contribute here in Chicago."
Dating back to the MLB trading deadline last summer, Williams and the White Sox front office have acquired a nice collection of young core players, including right fielder Avisail Garcia, first baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Matt Davidson.
Injecting some youth into the lineup could help turn things around quickly on Chicago's South Side, because Williams didn't want to have to suffer through a five-year rebuilding plan.
"We just don't have that kind of patience," Williams said. "I don't think our fans have that kind of patience to go through that, so we wanted to do it quickly and we think we got some pretty special young players out there."