"I'll watch horseshoes before I watch (the playoffs) if we're not in it," Williams said.
"Another lost opportunity, because I felt like whoever won this division was going to go to the World Series because of the matchups … unless we were playing the Royals," he said with a laugh. "Then no way were we going to win it."
Williams, who handed over day-to-day control of the team to Rick Hahn, admitted he hasn't seen even a "snippet" of the postseason.
"Hell no," he said. "Are you kidding me? Why would I want to do that? Because I didn't suffer enough during the season? I'm a bitter guy. What I will do, if there's a player we have interest in on another team, I'll go back after it's all over and look to see how that player did in pressure situations."
Williams' task now will involve all facets of the organization. With the team coming up short in attendance last year, he will brainstorm with the marketing and sales departments. Shutting down the 35th Street El station for construction only adds to the challenge for the Sox.
"We're trying," Williams said. "It didn't get much play, but we've had some massive ticket reductions here for 80-90 percent of our seats. Step one: Let's try and make it more affordable for people. Step two: What's the best possible experience we can give them? Let's start before they even get here, with cheaper parking. As for the Red Line, there's not a whole lot we can do about that."
Williams said the players were "demoralized" by the low attendance during the stretch run.
"I've said it from day one: I'd like to get some energy in here to the level that some of these other teams have," he said. "It pushes players. When you're tired, when you're injured, when August and September comes up and you walk out and only a fraction of the seats are sold, it's demoralizing.
"What can we do as an organization to (change that) and recognizing all the factors, whether it be the economy or the fan experience, the travel getting here, or whatever. We're trying."
Those who spent a lot of time around Williams said he was more relaxed in 2012 than in the past few years when he and former manager Ozzie Guillen grew apart. After Guillen was fired as the Marlins' manager last week after the first year of a four-year deal, Williams was asked if he felt any sadness for him.
"My favorite picture in my house is the one at the World Series on the podium, where I leaned over and he reached back and we gave each other a hug," he replied. "I see my friend. I don't see a person who said some of the things he did.
"I have a great capacity to forgive, until I reach my point (of no return). The fact that the picture is still on the wall, I haven't reached that point. So the answer is I'm saddened about how it evolved and it's too bad it didn't work out for him in Florida."
Time heals all wounds. Can it possibly heal the split between Williams and Guillen?
"The picture is still on the wall," he said.
So the door is open?
"I won't be stepping through that door," he said. "But the picture is still on the wall."