Sep 21, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitterPaul Konerko
(14) waves to the crowd after a video tribute was made for him since he is retiring after this season against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Chicago White Sox released a video on Thursday of Paul Konerko thanking the fans of the White Sox, as he’s retiring after 16 years with the club.
Here is the video from MLB.com:
The video … well, it is a finely made video, and a trip down memory lane for the past 16 years. It shows his first home run as a White Sox player, career highlights and the World Series Game 2 grand slam that still gives me goosebumps to this day.
This video will make you smile, cheer, possibly check to see if you have something in your eye … and I even pumped my fist when it showed Konerko catching the final out to win the AL Central title in ’05.
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Earlier this week, manager Robin Ventura said the Konerko would play tentatively Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is also “Paul Konerko Day” at US Cellular Field. The White Sox are hosting the Kansas City Royals.
This was the perfect tribute for Konerko, as he wrote and signed a letter of “thanks” to the White Sox fans in the video. The ending was perfect when he turned out the lights and left the room.
But we are the ones who should be thanking Paulie … so Thank You Paulie for being a role model to White Sox fans of all ages and representing the White Sox with ultimate class.