A Day For PK
Thursday, September 4, 2014
The White Sox will stage a special pregame tribute honoring retiring captain and team legend Paul Konerko on Saturday, September 27 when the team takes on Kansas City at 6:10 p.m. The pregame ceremony will be a celebration of Konerko’s career as a member of the White Sox and his legacy on and off the field in franchise history.
The White Sox also have launched a special tribute video in honor of Paulie. The 60-second commercial, which can be viewed at whitesox.com/Konerko, thanks the captain for his time in Chicago, and reenacts one of the most memorable moments in Konerko’s career and in club history through the imagination of a young White Sox fan.
The team also is giving fans the opportunity to be featured in a social media video project – #ThanksPK. An online “movie” documenting Konerko’s White Sox career will be created exclusively from hundreds of fan photos posted to Twitter and Instagram. Fans are being asked to show their favorite Konerko memories in photos and write what they love most about the captain’s career, while including the #ThanksPK hashtag in their Twitter and Instagram posts between now and September 13 for a chance to be included in the movie.
As announced previously, throughout the month of September the White Sox are honoring Konerko with special fan giveaways for each of the month’s 11 home games. The month-long festivities include the creation of “Club Konerko” in Sections 158 and 159 (total of 1,176 seats). Fans who purchase tickets in one of the two designated sections during the month of September will receive a Konerko-themed collectible (except for September 8 and 13) and “Thank You, Paulie” sign. All fans in attendance for the September 8 and 13 games will have the opportunity to receive an exclusive Konerko giveaway item.
A full list of all the Konerko-themed giveaways in the month of September, along with ticket information on Club Konerko, is available at whitesox.com/Konerko. The list of giveaways is highlighted by the game on Saturday, September 13 vs. Minnesota, when the first 20,000 fans will receive a “Piece of Paulie” baseball card, a special trading card with a piece of a game-worn Konerko uniform, presented by Wintrust Community Banks.
PK has played 16 seasons with the White Sox. The six-time American League All-Star is the White Sox franchise leader in total bases (4,008). As of today, Konerko (439) is nine homers behind Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas (448) for the franchise record, while ranking third in hits (2,290) and doubles (406). The 38-year-old has seen 36,580 pitches at the plate throughout his major-league career.
Quote of the Day
Former White Sox teammate A.J. Pierzynski on Paulie:
“He’s the captain of the White Sox for a reason and is looked up to because of all he’s accomplished. And he leads by sitting people down and telling them how to approach things in the right way.
“When I got to the Sox and saw him go about his business, I realized how hard he worked. He could have been a huge personality both in Chicago and nationally, but he didn’t want that. He just wants to do his job.
“Paulie’s a great guy, a Hall of Fame player and Hall of Fame person.”
Plays of the Day
Dayan Viciedo hit his second homer (No. 19) in as many nights, a two-run shot, in last night’s loss to the Twins (click on top link below). He also added a third RBI with a single…Jose Abreu collected a pair of singles and extended his hitting streak to 13. He now ranks fourth among major-league hitters in average with a .322 mark…Michael Taylor chalked up his first hit for the Sox with a pinch-hit single…and check out this terrific catch by Adam Eaton (click on bottom link below):
Tomorrow’s Schedule (Off Day Today)
White Sox vs Indians at Jacobs Field, Cleveland (6:05 p.m., CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game weekend series. Starters: LHP Chris Sale (11-3, 2.11) for the Sox, LHP T.J. House (2-3, 3.92) for the Tribe.
Photos of the Day
The Twins honored Paulie last night on the Sox captain’s final trip to Minnesota as a player. The club presented him with a $10,000 check to Children’s Home + Aid for his Bring Me Home Campaign and a huge bottle of wine (see inscription on the bottle below). Pictured with Konerko in the top photo below are (left to right) Twins’ All-Stars Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins and manager Ron Gardenhire.