Retiring PK’s #14: A Moment To Remember

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Today’s News

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

White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (3:10 p.m. CT, WGN) in the second game of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (3-1, 4.36) for the Sox, RHP Trevor May (2-3, 5.15) for Minnesota.

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.

Last Night’s Highlights
Samardzija, Soto & Shuck could very well be mistaken for the name of a law firm. But last night the three “S-men” paved the way for an exciting 3-2 White Sox win over the Twins…After giving up a pair of runs in the first inning, Jeff was virtually untouchable as he completed eight innings of work (click on top link below). The Shark set down 17 straight hitters and 21 of 22 en route to his fourth victory of the season, which included nine strikeouts..Geovany, who went 2-3, tied the game with a double down the third-base line in the fourth inning (click on bottom link below) and J.B., who started in right field in place of Avi Garcia, drove in the eventual winning run in the bottom of the eighth, scoring Gordon Beckham (who walked as a pinch-hitter) with a sac fly…David Robertson closed it out with save No. 9, setting down the heart of the Minnesota order in the ninth by striking out Torii Hunter, getting Joe Mauer on a routine groundout and fanning Trevor Plouffe to end the game…Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 17 games.
Quote of the Day
“You could ask Peyton Manning about work ethic. You could have Greg Maddux explain professionalism. You could seek out Mark Messier to teach leadership. You could engage Derek Jeter to understand class and poise. Or you could just sit down with Paul Konerko.” —Steve Rosenbloom, Chicago Tribune.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
Tomorrow’s Schedule
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the finale of the three-game series and seven-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 4.13) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (3-3, 2.98) for Minny.
2005 Flashback

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.

Photo of the Day

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