Paul Konerko Hoping to Return this Weekend


May 7, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko (14) runs towards first base after hitting a three run double against the Chicago Cubs during the fifth inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The end is fast approaching, and it unfortunately hasn’t been the way Paul Konerko envisioned he would be leaving the game for good. He suffered a broken left hand earlier this month, and it has forced him to miss some time.

Although not ideal, Paulie still plans to return as early as this weekend, according to Aaron Gleeman with NBC Sports. Whether his hand is healed or not, he wants to return in some capacity. Which just shows you how much of a warrior this man is. It has been a slow season, as expected, for Konerko. He’s currently hitting .220 with 5 home runs in 74 games this year, but that is not how he will be remembered by White Sox fans.

Whether or not Konerko ends his career on or off the field, he has already made more than enough memories with this team. I, for one, am only 24, but have some countless memories over the years of how Paulie has contributed on and off the field. One of the most under-the-radar players of our time, Konerko has slated himself into White Sox history forever.

Paul Konerko Day is scheduled for September 27th, a 6:10 PM CT matchup against the Kansas City Royals. The team’s final game will be played the following day to wrap up a 4-game set against Kansas City. I have had my tickets bought for this one since it was announced it would be Paul Konerko Day. I can only hope that he is as healthy as can be for his final celebration as one of the best to ever put on a White Sox uniform.

Best of luck on your return and retirement, Paulie.