Paul Konerko Day
Sep 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko (14) waves to fans in the stands after the game against the Kansas City Royals at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports
There were many fun and exciting moments in ’14, but the moment that won the Southside Showdown vote was Paul Konerko Day on the next-to-last day of the season.
The White Sox honored the now-retired Konerko after 16 seasons with the White Sox in grand fashion with the unveiling of a statue at US Cellular Field, former teammates in attendance and a list of other gifts and honors in front of many grateful fans.
The honoring of Paulie was a great thing to watch, whether you were there in person or watched on television … it was a great moment to be a White Sox fan as we all said goodbye to the captain of the team the best way we all knew how.
Konerko’s celebration didn’t gain much national attention, but that’s OK. As White Sox fans, we didn’t want to share him anyway … he was our captain, and all of us celebrated the legendary career of one of the greatest White Sox players to ever wear the uniform.
Paulie finished his entire career, spanning 18 seasons, with 439 career home runs, 432 with the White Sox, trailing only Hall of Famer Frank Thomas.
It was the perfect way to say “Thank You, Paulie.”