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Series ball is one grand gift for Konerko

CHICAGO – The ball that Paul Konerko launched into the seats for a grand slam in Game 2 of the 2005 World Series got a new home Saturday. Displayed at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse for the better part of the last nine years, the ball’s owner, White Sox fan Chris Claeys, presented the ball to Konerko as part of Saturday’s pregame ceremony to celebrate Konerko’s career. It was part of a prize package that also included a bench of bases, bats and balls made by former White Sox player Ron Kittle, an original Konerko-themed oil painting and a display of baseballs signed by each of...

Paul Konerko spent after emotional day

CHICAGO – There was a moment early in the first game of the 2005 World Series when a Houston Astros player reached first base and remarked to Paul Konerko about the excitement of the pregame ceremonies. At that point, Konerko has said, he knew the White Sox were better prepared mentally to win the championship. Well, on Saturday at U.S. Cellular Field, Konerko was that Astros player, who he always has declined to name, except the stakes weren’t nearly as high.

Konerko has rousing sendoff, even without hits

CHICAGO – Paul Konerko has played in six All-Star Games, a World Series and was an MVP of an American League Championship Series, yet the three games he played this weekend against the Kansas City were likely the toughest of his career. The longtime team captain went 0-for-10 in his farewell weekend, grounding out to third base in the fifth inning Sunday in his final major league at-bat. With a sore hand after breaking a bone earlier this month and a tight back that stiffened up on him over the weekend, Konerko also had to deal with the emotions of his final start that included gifts, a...
South Side Sox Sep 29, 2014

Ushering in the world after Paul Konerko

The White Sox bid a reluctant farewell to their captain, but the new core is ready to share the load There's a German movie called "Good Bye, Lenin!" that follows a divided household as the country's reunification movement reaches its climax in 1989. The mother (a loyalist to the Socialist Unity Party) sees her son and his girlfriend arrested at a rally for reunification, suffers a heart attack and falls into a coma. Shortly after, the Berlin Wall falls. When she comes to, the doctor tells her son that she must avoid severe stress, lest she experience some sort of relapse. Her son, fearing...
South Side Sox Sep 28, 2014

A/V Room: Paul Konerko Day

White Sox captain receives adulation, gifts and statue in his official celebratory send-off The White Sox nailed the tribute to Paul Konerko on their first try Saturday night. With a packed house, a strong guest lest only hampered by the air traffic control center sabotage, and video tributes* to cover the rest, Konerko received quite the farewell, and he reciprocated the love when it was his turn to speak. In the center of it was Jerry Reinsdorf, who capped off the gift-giving portion with a true surprise -- introducing the fan who caught the World Series grand slam ball, who handed it...
Chicago Sun-Times Sep 28, 2014

Paul Classic: Konerko goes out in style with statue

With the miscreant deeds of Ray Rice, Jameis Winston and, yes, Roger Goodell dominating the sports news, you are inclined to wail, “No, Paulie, you can’t leave,” as Paul Konerko’s retirement becomes reality. Different games, sure. But the repugnant recent behavior of certain sports types and the suffocating coverage of same serves to remind us of how admirably Konerko conducted himself over 16 years as a White Sox fixture, and to heighten our appreciation....
KFFL Sep 27, 2014

White Sox | Paul Konerko will have number retired

The Chicago White Sox have announced that they will retire the No. 14 jersey of ...

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