As expected, Round 1 of the three-day town-hall meetings between fans and a panel made up of Sox general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen could best be described as uneventful.
A big reason why was the organization only opened up the first night to the fans that paid for the two-day hotel package. Sure, there were a few fireworks in the opening minutes, mostly with radio broadcaster Ed Farmer playing “bad cop,’’ but by the end of the session it was a love-fest, with fans all but running up and hugging Williams and Guillen.
Even worst was the opening ceremonies, which resembled a bad high school pep rally. The first E1 was also registered, with announcer Gene Honda having the crowd sing Happy Birthday to newly-acquired outfielder Nick Swisher.
One problem – It wasn’t Swisher’s birthday.
Round 2 starts Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and even Guillen expects things to get a bit uglier this time around.