New York Yankees honor Paul Konerko


May 25, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (left) is presented with gifts from Chicago White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko (14) before the game at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Just like the Chicago White Sox did for retiring Derek Jeter earlier this season at US Cellular Field, the New York Yankees honored Paul Konerko before his final game at Yankee Stadium.

Konorko, who is retiring at the end of the season, was honored by Jeter and the Yankees as they presented him with a base from Yankee Stadium autographed by the 2014 team before their final game against each other this regular season.

I thought it was a very classy move by the Yankees to have their captain (Jeter) present Konerko with the base as the White Sox captain (Konerko) isn’t getting the spotlight for his pending retirement like Jeter has been all season.

Though this hasn’t been the best of seasons for Konerko on the field, as he has played a limited role in ’14, it is always good to see him being honored for the very successful career he has had thus far with just a little over a month remaining in the ’14 season and in the successful career.

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Not only has Konerko been a part of one World Series championship team in ’05, but he’s also been selected to the All-Star game six times.

Earlier this season, the Chicago Cubs honored Konerko before his final game at Wrigley Field.

This year Konerko has played in 70 games with a batting average of .229 and 40 hits, including eight doubles and five home runs. Konerko also has collected 22 RBIs in his 175 at-bats in ’14. For his career, Konerko is batting .280 with 439 home runs in 18 seasons, 16 with the White Sox.