Konerko, Quentin & Position Players Arrive — Day 6
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Full Squad Workout
Paul Konerko, Carlos Quentin and the rest of the 2011 White Sox took to the fields for their first full squad workout of the spring.
Prior to the workout, Konerko spoke to the media in the hallway outside the clubhouse to avoid the “throngs” impacting other players.
As PK began, AJ walked past the huddle.
“Make sure you mention how much money I gave up so they could re-sign you,” he joked.
“Yeah, AJ, the most selfless act in sports,” an observer added.
Among many topics, Paulie was asked whether or not the White Sox were the favorites in the AL Central.
“It’s all on paper,” the Captain answered. “It doesn’t mean anything until you go out and do it. It’s a cliche, but it’s true.
“Until someone knocks them (the Twins) off, they are the champions.”
He was asked about setting and surpassing statistical goals for the season.
“I don’t think numbers. I think about work, approach, things like that,” he explained, making the point between the difference in being focused on an end vs. the means to reach those ends. “We’re talking about results. Focus on how you work every day, your approach, how you’re going to attack each day.”
Then he was asked about what it was like to come back into a clubhouse where so many other players thought so highly of him.
“Allegedly,” he replied. Smiling.
Now On The Tee
Adam Dunn and Edwin Jackson showed up for their tee time yesterday at a local course only to be paired with Hall of Famer George Brett and a friend. How’s that for random luck.
And can you imagine how far Dunn can hit a golf ball?
This from Steve Stone today when told that Omar Vizquel might consider managing once he’s done playing:
“He’ll be too old to manage by then.”
Stone complimented Dunn’s uniform No. 32, the same number he wore while toiling on the mound. The reason? Sandy Koufax, of course.
Very special congratulations to Roland and Margo Hemond on Roland’s being named the second Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner today by the Baseball Hall of Fame. The honor is so well deserved.
Jerry Reinsdorf, who is a board member of the HOF, wanted to be with Roland this morning when he received the news, so he scheduled a meeting with Roland at 10 am at the Dbacks offices just so he could see his reaction.
Roland, as emotional a guy as you will ever find, was stunned by the news. Jerry had to dial Margo for him so that Roland could tell his wife the new. Jerry called me afterward to let me know it was official, and you could just hear the joy and happiness in his voice. A pretty good way to start a day, don’t you think.