14 days to Opening Day, White Sox fans!
Here are 14 random facts on the White Sox most famous No. 14, PAUL KONERKO!
1. PK’s acquisition from Cincinnati prior to the 1999 season was the first trade between the teams since 1993 when the Sox acquired Tim Belcher for the stretch run
2. PK’s first Sox homer was his first hit with the club and the final Opening Day homer at the Kingdome (1999)
3. Paulie recorded the Sox final hit and was the franchise’s final batter of the 20th Century in the 1999 season-finale
4. PK was the starting third baseman in the Sox 2000 home opener
5. PK gloved the final out in the 2005 Division, ALDS, ALCS and World Series clinchers
6. PK hit his most homers (6) off Cliff Lee and Brad Radke
7. Other 14s retired in MLB Ernie Banks (Cubs), Larry Doby (Indians), Kent Hrbek (Twins), Gil Hodges (Mets), Ken Boyer (Cardinals), Jim Rice (Red Sox) and Pete Rose (Reds)
8. PK was 4-for-8 with two doubles, two RBI, a walk, a hit-by-pitch, a .600 on-base percentage and a .750 slugging percentage in his six All-Star Games
9. Paulie played 18 games in left field prior to joining the Sox (11 for the Dodgers in 1997 and 7 for the Reds in 1998)
10. Dave Martinez was the last Sox player to wear No. 14 before Konerko
11. PK hit .311 with seven homers and 26 RBI in 35 games at Wrigley Field and .300 with 20 homers and 59 RBI in 75 games vs. the Cubs overall
12. His best inning for homers was the sixth (62). … His best inning for average was the third (.302)
13. PK was 2-for-8 with an RBI and three strikeouts vs. Mark Buehrle
14. There isn’t a more universally respected figure among Sox fans than Paul Konerko