With the end of Paul Konerko’s career seemingly close at hand, I pondered his case for induction into the Hall of Fame for The Hall of Very Good:
Konerko’s just a guy who showed up for seventeen years and did his job so well, so consistently, and so quietly, that folks who aren’t Chicago White Sox fans can be forgiven for underestimating his value to the game.
He’s been the face of the Sox for a decade, turning down two opportunities to chase large free agent contracts along the way. During the 2005 World Series, his Game Two grand slam catapulted the Sox to their first world championship in 88 years and, in acknowledgement of his loyalty and quiet leadership, he was named captain the following spring. Soon, his number 14 will hang next to the other all-time White Sox greats at “The Cell” and a statue of his likeness will reside on the outfield concourse.
In a just world, his plaque would hang in Cooperstown, too.
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Konerko on deck as Jermaine Dye bats in the 2005 World Series. Photo Neil Leifer. Link here: http://neilleifer.com/portfolio/world-series-astros-vs-white-sox/
White Sox “Sodfather” Roger Bossard stands by a 1970s field grooming contraption. #tbt
September 7, 1983