Paulie’s #14 Takes Its Rightful Place in White Sox Lore
Sunday, May 24, 2015
A Special Day For a Special Player
A jubilant sellout crowd was on hand yesterday to honor White Sox favorite Paul Konerko and watch as one of the truly great players in franchise history had his #14 retired. When the moving tribute ended, Paulie became one of 10 Sox legends to earn the honor, joining 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).
This Afternoon’s Game
White Sox vs. Twins at U.S. Cellular Field (1:10 p.m., CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series and finale of the seven-game homestand. Probable Starters: LHP Jose Quintana (2-4, 4.13) for the Sox, RHP Kyle Gibson (3-3, 2.98) for Minnesota.
Chris Sale pitched a solid eight innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out 10, but it wasn’t enough as the Sox dropped a 4-3 decision to the Twins…Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez each went 2-4 with an RBI and Melky Cabrera drove in another…Here’s Chris at his best in yesterday’s game:
Quote of the Day
Hank Konerko, Paul’s dad, on the Sox retiring his son’s #14 (via CSN’s Chuck Garfien):
“This is the greatest athletic honor in Paul’s life and I will never forget this tribute by the Sox.”
White Sox vs. Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, Toronto (6:07 p.m. CT, CSN) in the opener of a three-game series and four-city, 11-game road trip that continues with games vs. the Orioles (2), Astros (3) and Rangers (3). Probable Starters: RHP Hector Noesi (0-3, 5.60) for the Sox, RHP Drew Hutchison (3-2, 6.06) for the Jays.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 41 on May 18 at U.S. Cellular Field, Mark Buehrle pitched 7.1 innings of shutout ball for his seventh win of the season as the White Sox blanked the Rangers, 7-0. Konerko went 3-4 with a solo homer, his 10th, A.J. Pierzynski went deep with a two-run blast, his seventh, and Jermaine Dye doubled three times and drove in a pair of runs. The first-place Sox moved to 29-12 on the year.
Still Hitting After All These Years
One of the heroes of 2005, Sox centerfielder Aaron Rowand, was in action yesterday representing the White Sox at the annual Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown, N.Y. And how about this? He won the Bob Feller Player of the Game Award for his two-run homer and four RBI in the American League’s 7-5 victory over the National League. Here’s more:
Photos/Video of the Day
Enjoy more of the sights (and sounds via a link to the video below) from yesterday’s Konerko jersey retirement celebration at U.S. Cellular Field and even at the United Center last night. Photos from top to bottom: PK walks in from centerfield; Paulie at the podium; the Konerko family; the fans show their admiration an respect; Gordon Beckham reunites with Konerko’s son Nick; the replica statue giveaway; and Paulie even got his due during the Blackhawks double overtime triumph over the Ducks.