A memory from White Sox general manager, as he re-told his first meeting with chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on the MLB Network Tuesday morning:
The well-educated Hahn, with a bachelor's degree from Michigan and degrees from Harvard Law School and Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management -- and two years working for the Steinberg, Moorad & Dunn sports agency -- was told by Reinsforf to look for another job. But not because his qualifications were lacking.
"It's funny, when I first met Jerry Reinsdorf in 1996, I walked into his office, he had a copy of my resume and didn't know me from Adam. Before he even turns around, in a little more colorful language I can use on the air, he said, 'I don't know what you're doing here. You're wasting my time, you're wasting your time. You've got all this education, go do something real with your life. You don't want to be working in baseball. Buy season tickets if you want to be involved in baseball.' ''
"Now Jerry denies that story to this day but I guarantee it's true and I have a written rejection letter to prove it. But this is where my passion was. I wanted to be a part of building a championship baseball team. When it became obvious that genetics was going to prevent me from playing in the big leagues, this seemed like my best route to capturing some of that excitement.''