Retiring PK’s #14: A Moment To Remember
Paulie Joins the Pantheon of Sox Greats
Before today’s game with the Twins, Paul Konerko will join the nine other White Sox legends who have had their uniform numbers retired: Nellie Fox (2), Harold Baines (3), Luke Appling (4), Minnie Minoso (9), Luis Aparicio (11), Ted Lyons(16), Billy Pierce (19), Frank Thomas (35) and Carlton Fisk (72).
One of the most popular and productive players ever to wear a Sox uniform, Konerko ranks among the franchise leaders in numerous categories, including total bases (1st, 4,010), 20-HR seasons (1st, 12), home runs (2nd, 432), RBI (2nd, 1,383), extra base hits (2nd, 846), games (2nd, 2,268), hits (3rd, 2,292), doubles (3rd, 406), slugging percentage (3rd, .491), runs scored (4th, 1,141) and walks (4th, 904). His 16 seasons are tied with Thomas for the fifth longest tenure in club history.
The Sox celebrated “Paul Konerko Day” on September 27 last year, unveiling a statue depicting his celebration following his grand slam in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series. PK collected five home runs and 15 RBI in the ’05 postseason and won the American League Championship Series MVP as the Sox made their run to the World Series title.
A replica of the statue will be given out today to the first 20,000 fans.
A Konerko Tribute
PK Media Session
Konerko held a press conference yesterday in anticipation of today’s ceremony and talked about a variety of subjects. Here’s a sampling:
This Afternoon’s Game
Sale is set to make his eighth start of 2015, fifth at home and third vs. the Twins. He owns a 1.69 ERA, and has 18 strikeouts and a .132 opponents average over his last two starts. He had a no decision in his last outing Monday vs. the Indians, allowing just one run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts over eight innings pitched. Three of the four hits allowed were singles.
Chris is 7-2 with a 3.28 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 18 career games (10 starts) vs. Minnesota. He has gone 3-0 with a 2.56 mark and a .193 opponents average in his career vs. the Twins at home.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 40 on May 17 at U.S. Cellular Field, Jon Garland pitched seven strong innings to improve his record to an unblemished 8-0 as the White Sox defeated the Rangers, 5-2. A.J. Pierzynski blasted a two-run homer, Tadahito Iguchi,Aaron Rowand and Konerko each drove in a run and Scott Podsednik collected a pair of hits, scored twice and stole his 24th base. Dustin Hermanson earned his ninth save as the first-place Sox stood at 28-12.