Paul Konerko’s career comes to a close

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Sep 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Fans hold up signs as Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko (14) fields warm up balls before the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The career of Chicago White Sox captain Paul Konerko, who played the past 16 years for the White Sox came to a close on Sunday.

Konerko was lifted from the game before the first pitch of the sixth inning, replaced by Andy Wilkins to a standing ovation from the White Sox fans in attendance. Konerko went to the dugout after walking off the field from first base for the final time, but returned for a final curtain call.

In the game on Sunday, Konerko went 0-for-3. His final MLB hit came on Sept. 23 in a game at Detroit against the Tigers.

On Saturday, the White Sox held “Paul Konerko Day,” where he was honored in many ways, including getting a statue at US Cellular Field.

When Konerko left the game on Sunday, the White Sox had a 4-2 lead.

For his career, Konerko finishes with 2,340 hits and 439 career home runs.

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As all White Sox fans have said this season, and especially this weekend:

“Thank You, Paulie.”

He has represented the White Sox with the utmost class and he is what all White Sox players should strive to be. This entire weekend at US Cellular Field has been about, and for Konerko and he deserves all the credit he receives. He was the White Sox captain for a reason.

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