Celebrating A Captain, All-Star, World Series Champion And The Face of Our Franchise 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

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Today’s News

Tonight’s Game: Honoring PK

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (6:40 p.m., CT, CSN) on Paul Konerko Day. Starters: LHP John Danks (10-11, 4.82) for the Sox, LHP Danny Duffy (9-11, 2.32) for Kansas City.

The White Sox will honor Paul Konerko tonight with a special pregame tribute, scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. The ceremony will be a memorable presentation with special guests and video tributes that celebrate Konerko’s career as a member of the White Sox, as well as his legacy off the field.  Fans are encouraged to arrive early. The ceremony will be available online through a live stream at MLB.com.

The White Sox and Comcast SportsNet (CSN) Chicago will host Hawk & Stone Live from Club Konerko” beginning at 5:30 p.m., CT. Hawk Harrelson and Steve Stone will broadcast the game from “Club Konerko” in Section 159.

Sox Starting Lineup: Eaton CF, Ramirez SS, Abreu DH, A. Garcia RF, Konerko 1B, Viciedo LF, Semien 3B, Phegley C, Sanchez 2B.

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Remembering “The Paulie Moment”

How am I going to remember Paul Konerko?

Now, that’s a tough question for me to answer in one simple entry. How do you capture 16 seasons with a player in a single anecdote or series of memories?

For me, this season has been remarkable due to two men — Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko.

Frank was the very last White Sox player in uniform with the club when I began in July 1991. As his career ended, and then with his induction into the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, I realized I had outlasted so many great players.

Now with PK retiring, I am watching another great person and player leave the Sox, having enjoyed a career that will long be remembered by our fans and by me. And I was here for every game of his White Sox career.

Like so many others, the Paulie moment for me is his grand slam in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series.

But I remember it because of the fans.

My family — my wife, three kids, my parents — we’re in a suite for the World Series. I chose that moment to stop in and say hello. The crowd was just too loud for my then 8-year-old son, who was in the fetal position on the couch. In another corner was Steve Perry of Journey, who the team had connected with on our route through the postseason.

Just as I checked on my son, CRACK! Paulie struck.

I stepped to the front of the suite and looked down. This is the moment I will always remember.

45,000 White Sox fans reacting and celebrating as one. The roar. The surging, rolling crowd, resembling an angry winter sea in the North Atlantic (click link below for a fan’s perspective) Waves swept around the park. Fans hugged and celebrated, even with people they did not know. A light rain fell.

And there, in the middle of this storm, Paul Konerko rounded second base. Alone in a roaring mass. Jogging along as generations of White Sox fans screamed themselves hoarse.

“Paulie! Paulie! Paulie!”

konerko grand slam (original audio)

More Celebration of “The Paulie Moment”

http://voices.suntimes.com/sports/inside-the-white-sox/celebrating-paul-konerkos-world-series-grand-slam-with-videos-photos-and-gifs/

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Quotes of the Day 

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/96494528/white-sox-veteran-paul-konerkos-presence-will-be-felt-long-after-last-out

The Chairman on PK

http://m.mlb.com/video/v36637023

Plays of the Day

Despite a quality start (three runs in six innings), Hector Noesi suffered the loss last night to the Royals, who clinched a playoff spot with their 3-1 victory. Noesi gave up all three of the runs in the first inning and blanked KC for the next five frames…In the eighth inning, Adam Eaton pounded out his 10th triple of the season, tying him for the American League lead, and scored on Alexei Ramirez‘s single.

I walked past the Royals clubhouse last night and the sweet/sour smell of sprayed champagne filled the tunnel. It is a smell like any other, and though almost 10 years old, it immediately brought memories flooding back to me … Detroit, Anaheim and then Houston.

Great to see Cliff Politte at the ballpark in advance of today’s festivities.

Sox Notes of Note

Prior to last night’s game, Konerko was honored for being chosen the White Sox nominee for the Roberto Clemente Award…with his 7.1 innings on Thursday, Jose Quintana reached the 200-inning mark for the second straight year. He joins Mark Buehrle (11), John Danks (twice), Mike Sirotka (twice) and Wilson Alvarez as the only White Sox lefties since 1991 to make 30-plus starts and work 200 innings or more in multiple seasons…reliever Nate Jones, whose presence this season was sorely missed, said he feels great after surgery and that his back and hip also feel good. Jones hopes to begin throwing the week before Thanksgiving….Chris Sale got a pizza delivery at the ballpark yesterday from Beggars Pizza and was kind enough to share it with some fans. What a guy:

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Tomorrow’s Schedule

White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the finale of the four-game series and the final game of the 2014 season. Starters: RHP Chris Bassitt (1-1, 3.65) for the Sox, RHP Yordany Ventura (14-10, 3.07) for Kansas City.

Photo of the Day

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(Courtesy of John La Velle, @bportfish)

6 Comments

Just watching the fan view of that slam had me in tears. How on earth am I going to make it through this game tonight without crying like a baby. Paulie has been the face of the franchise for so long, I don’t know what baseball will be like without hearing his Metallica walk up music. Thanks White Sox for giving him a great send off and thanks Paulie for all the memories. I’ll be clapping and crying at the Cell tonight.

I can’t wait got my ticket the weather nice we should do this 4 14 go sox

Please do not talk about #35 and Paulie in the same article. Two totally different players. Today is ALL ABOUT PAULIE. That is it. Period. #14.

This is my 1st White Sox Game today for the 2014 Season. And I couldn’t be more happier than to be here on the Honoring of our Chicago White Sox Captain Paul Konerko. And also sending out a Great Standing Ovation and Salute to hard work and dedication as a Chicago White Sox Captain/Player.

It was a beautiful night, a great game, and a perfect ceremony. Paulie made sure to involve everyone. He was the kind of player we could feel close to because he was humble and hard-working–and successful. Paulie is beloved here. If ever a player were crafted for a team, it was Konerko for the White Sox.

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