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StillMissOzzie
07-20-2014, 08:26 PM
The ever-vigilant son of SMO noticed today the the White Sox retired numbers were no longer on the wall in left / center, but were instead painted on the rim above the media boxes. (Cut him some slack, he's been away at college not learning anything...)

He also notice a big space in between #11 and #16. He wanted to know if they were saving that spot for PK after this year. Wouldn't surprise me, I said, but I hadn't heard anything official. Anyone else notice this? Do you think PK will join the Ring of Honor, even before any HOF talk?

SMO
:scratch:

DumpJerry
07-20-2014, 08:31 PM
It is a given that they made that space for 14.

Noneck
07-20-2014, 08:31 PM
Sure why not, since Baines number is retired, Pauls has to be and I expect that to be done this year.

LITTLE NELL
07-20-2014, 08:36 PM
Without a doubt.

robertks61
07-20-2014, 09:03 PM
Yes. Face of the franchise for many years.

DSpivack
07-20-2014, 09:12 PM
Absolutely.

Will they also retire Buehrle's number? Not that 56 is a commonly-worn number, anyway.

soxfanreggie
07-20-2014, 09:39 PM
Absolutely.

Will they also retire Buehrle's number? Not that 56 is a commonly-worn number, anyway.

I think it should be. If you retire Fisk's with the Sox, retire MBs.

tstrike2000
07-20-2014, 10:31 PM
No question.

Noneck
07-20-2014, 10:39 PM
I think it should be. If you retire Fisk's with the Sox, retire MBs.

Fisk was a HOFer, if Buehrle becomes one that will mean he will have his best years ahead of him and many of them. At that point his Sox years will be diminished. If not, 28 should be retired before 56.

Harry Potter
07-20-2014, 10:45 PM
The ever-vigilant son of SMO noticed today the the White Sox retired numbers were no longer on the wall in left / center, but were instead painted on the rim above the media boxes. (Cut him some slack, he's been away at college not learning anything...)

He also notice a big space in between #11 and #16. He wanted to know if they were saving that spot for PK after this year. Wouldn't surprise me, I said, but I hadn't heard anything official. Anyone else notice this? Do you think PK will join the Ring of Honor, even before any HOF talk?

SMO
:scratch:

Yep, this was discussed at length during the opening week of the season.

CoopaLoop
07-20-2014, 11:07 PM
Easily and Burls too.

waldo_the_wolf
07-20-2014, 11:34 PM
Definitely Konerko; Buehrle? Honestly, I'm not sure if they will.

MISoxfan
07-20-2014, 11:42 PM
I used to think that they were both shoe-ins given they both finish their career with the Sox. Of course, that didn't happen. I don't think Buehrle gets one.

thomas35forever
07-21-2014, 02:48 AM
I used to think that they were both shoe-ins given they both finish their career with the Sox. Of course, that didn't happen. I don't think Buehrle gets one.
56 will be retired. Most of his best years were in our uniform and he anchored our rotation for a decade. No way he doesn't get his number between Frank and Fisk.

As for 14, I'd be shocked if it isn't between Aparicio and Lyons at the end of whatever ceremony the Sox hold for Paulie. I believe the Orioles did this, or something similar, with Ripken.

Golden Sox
07-21-2014, 06:16 AM
Is there going to be some type of ceremony for Konerko during the last homestand? Will there be a Paul Konerko Day? If the White Sox are going to do something for Konerko wouldn't it make sense to announce it now?

Chez
07-21-2014, 07:44 AM
14, 56 and 13 will be retired.

amsteel
07-21-2014, 07:52 AM
Is there going to be some type of ceremony for Konerko during the last homestand? Will there be a Paul Konerko Day? If the White Sox are going to do something for Konerko wouldn't it make sense to announce it now?

I'm guessing they didn't schedule anything at the beginning of the year on the offhand chance he didn't finish the season. Assuming things don't go haywire (season ending injury, 0-30 slump, etc.) over the next month in August they'll announce something for the final Sunday home game.

Harry Potter
07-21-2014, 08:06 AM
13 will be retired.

:bundy

hoosiersoxfan
07-21-2014, 09:15 AM
I'm guessing they didn't schedule anything at the beginning of the year on the offhand chance he didn't finish the season. Assuming things don't go haywire (season ending injury, 0-30 slump, etc.) over the next month in August they'll announce something for the final Sunday home game.

I'm hoping they do something for him that Saturday night game. That Sunday the Bears play the Packers at noon. Paulie deserves to be in the spotlight for all he's done for the team. If they do something for him in the middle of Bears/Packers he will be an afterthought for many people.

doublem23
07-21-2014, 09:30 AM
Definitely Konerko; Buehrle? Honestly, I'm not sure if they will.

I think they will, first and foremost, Buehrle was a tremendous pitcher here for a long time, he was/is a fan favorite, and there was absolutely no animosity between him and the Sox over how he left; JR basically told him to take the money.

XplodingScorbord
07-21-2014, 09:34 AM
Is there going to be some type of ceremony for Konerko during the last homestand? Will there be a Paul Konerko Day? If the White Sox are going to do something for Konerko wouldn't it make sense to announce it now?

I'm sure there will be, and I've already acquired tickets for Sat & Sun that weekend in anticipation of such.

As an aside, I got these tix through Stubhub, and Saturday's came with a parking pass which I don't need. If you know you're going to that game (9/27) and would like a parking pass at half off, message me. Further details in the ticket exchange section here.

Milw
07-22-2014, 09:27 AM
Konerko's is a done deal. (I don't have inside info, but there would be a riot if it doesn't happen.)

I'm not opposed to Buehrle having his number retired... but before that happens, there's a much better and more deserving White Sox pitcher: Urban "Red" Faber (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/faberre01.shtml).

His #18 should have been retired a long time ago. Faber played his entire 20-year career with the Sox, compiling a record of 254-213, and a career ERA of 3.15. Granted, he played in the Dead Ball Era, but that's still pretty darn impressive. He also won three games in the 1917 World Series.

Think about this: Here's a Hall of Fame pitcher who played his entire career for the White Sox, and his number isn't retired. There ought to be a groundswell of support for Faber.

If Buehrle is deserving of number retirement, then Faber absolutely is.

Wedema
07-22-2014, 10:18 AM
Konerko's is a done deal. (I don't have inside info, but there would be a riot if it doesn't happen.)

I'm not opposed to Buehrle having his number retired... but before that happens, there's a much better and more deserving White Sox pitcher: Urban "Red" Faber (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/faberre01.shtml).

His #18 should have been retired a long time ago. Faber played his entire 20-year career with the Sox, compiling a record of 254-213, and a career ERA of 3.15. Granted, he played in the Dead Ball Era, but that's still pretty darn impressive. He also won three games in the 1917 World Series.

Think about this: Here's a Hall of Fame pitcher who played his entire career for the White Sox, and his number isn't retired. There ought to be a groundswell of support for Faber.

If Buehrle is deserving of number retirement, then Faber absolutely is.


Faber was on the ticket for last night's game and I made the same remark to my daughter after seeing on the ticket that he played 20 years for the Sox and was in the Hall of Fame.

PalehosePlanet
07-22-2014, 10:46 AM
Konerko's is a done deal. (I don't have inside info, but there would be a riot if it doesn't happen.)

I'm not opposed to Buehrle having his number retired... but before that happens, there's a much better and more deserving White Sox pitcher: Urban "Red" Faber (http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/faberre01.shtml).

His #18 should have been retired a long time ago. Faber played his entire 20-year career with the Sox, compiling a record of 254-213, and a career ERA of 3.15. Granted, he played in the Dead Ball Era, but that's still pretty darn impressive. He also won three games in the 1917 World Series.

Think about this: Here's a Hall of Fame pitcher who played his entire career for the White Sox, and his number isn't retired. There ought to be a groundswell of support for Faber.

If Buehrle is deserving of number retirement, then Faber absolutely is.

Agreed 100%. I know Red is the only one of our greats from the teens and 20's to make it into the uniform number era which began in 1931. The first 17 seasons he played w/us he had no uniform number.

To go a bit further -- and most on this board disagreed w/me when I mentioned this before -- I've always felt that our old Hall of Fame players from that era have not been recognized enough by the Sox. Luke Appling and Ted Lyons at least have had their numbers retired and their names are therefore visible in the stadium, but Faber and our pre-number HOF'ers like Big Ed Walsh, Eddie Collins and Ray Schalk have no statue and obviously no retired number. They just seem kind of forgotten overall.

The near HOF'ers like Baines, Pierce and Minoso all have statues, but a HOF'er like Big Ed Walsh who has the best ERA in the history of MLB does not? Doesn't make sense to me.

Milw
07-22-2014, 10:56 AM
Agreed 100%. I know Red is the only one of our greats from the teens and 20's to make it into the uniform number era which began in 1931. The first 17 seasons he played w/us he had no uniform number.

To go a bit further -- and most on this board disagreed w/me when I mentioned this before -- I've always felt that our old Hall of Fame players from that era have not been recognized enough by the Sox. Luke Appling and Ted Lyons at least have had their numbers retired and their names are therefore visible in the stadium, but Faber and our pre-number HOF'ers like Big Ed Walsh, Eddie Collins and Ray Schalk have no statue and obviously no retired number. They just seem kind of forgotten overall.

The near HOF'ers like Baines, Pierce and Minoso all have statues, but a HOF'er like Big Ed Walsh who has the best ERA in the history of MLB does not? Doesn't make sense to me.
I'm with you. Ed Walsh has a case as the greatest pitcher in franchise history, yet most Sox fans -- even diehards -- have no idea who he is. For an organization that puts such an emphasis on pride, loyalty, and history, the way the pre-1930s era is ignored (save for the 1906 and 1917 championship banners) is a real shame.

Maybe part of that is a desire to put some distance between the organization and the Black Sox scandal, and I get that to some degree, but for guys like Faber, Walsh, and Collins who had nothing whatsoever to do with all that... it's not right.

Hitmen77
07-22-2014, 12:49 PM
No doubt #14 will be retired. It's been obvious since opening day with the gap they left on the new display of retired numbers.

I wouldn't have a problem with #56 being retired, but I don't think it's a certainty to happen.

#13? No way. If he had a long, distinguished tenure as manager then I'd see it. But, I don't think 2005 plus his career as a SS for the Sox are enough.

Agreed 100%. I know Red is the only one of our greats from the teens and 20's to make it into the uniform number era which began in 1931. The first 17 seasons he played w/us he had no uniform number.

To go a bit further -- and most on this board disagreed w/me when I mentioned this before -- I've always felt that our old Hall of Fame players from that era have not been recognized enough by the Sox. Luke Appling and Ted Lyons at least have had their numbers retired and their names are therefore visible in the stadium, but Faber and our pre-number HOF'ers like Big Ed Walsh, Eddie Collins and Ray Schalk have no statue and obviously no retired number. They just seem kind of forgotten overall.

The near HOF'ers like Baines, Pierce and Minoso all have statues, but a HOF'er like Big Ed Walsh who has the best ERA in the history of MLB does not? Doesn't make sense to me.

I agree. I've been puzzled as to why Luke Appling - easily one of the greatest Sox players ever - doesn't have a statue. Incredible that the Sox have managed to put eight statues in the concourse and Appling somehow did not make the cut of that honor.

But, I think you're right. His fault is having played before the Go Go era.

He may have played a long time ago, but I still remember him hitting a HR at MLB's old-timers game in 1982 at age 75!
http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/07/19/watch-75-year-old-luke-appling-hit-a-homer/

haganaga
07-22-2014, 01:26 PM
In this same vein, will our AL Central counterparts do a "hat tip" in the Sox last road game to their respective towns this year? Seems like it would be a cordial thing to do. We're all competitors in the often overlooked Central and having someone like Paulie who's been such a huge part of one of your main foes finishing his career is worthy of acknowledgement. I'd like to think the Sox would do the same for someone like Mauer in his last game at the Cell if he were to announce his retirement ahead of time.

Irishsox1
07-22-2014, 03:00 PM
I don't like numbers being taken out of the rotation but Paul's number should be on the special wall. I'm one of those people that says if you want to wear number #35 for the Sox, you better be a power hitter and you better live up to those standards. I think it's cool to see other players wear famous players numbers. I'm a big college football fan and I like it seeing great players carry on a tradition with the same number.

The Yankees have gone off the deep end with the retirement of numbers and will never have another single digit player "forever" and that's just silly.

And for the record, no problem with 42 being taken out because it's very cool for 1 game a year everyone wearing 42.

beasly213
07-22-2014, 03:19 PM
Put me in the camp of having the Saturday before the last game of the season being "Paul Konerko Day" Saturday night, could get a big crowd for him and a fireworks show after the game to make sure the majority of the crowd stays the whole time.

It'd be sad to see 14,000 people there on Konerkos last game on Sunday.

Milw
07-22-2014, 03:27 PM
Put me in the camp of having the Saturday before the last game of the season being "Paul Konerko Day" Saturday night, could get a big crowd for him and a fireworks show after the game to make sure the majority of the crowd stays the whole time.

It'd be sad to see 14,000 people there on Konerkos last game on Sunday.
Yeah, except in the unlikely (but not implausible) event that the Sox are in the playoff mix on the last day of the season, the crowd will be hugely suppressed due to the Packers playing the Bears a couple miles away at the same time. Paul Konerko Day or no, that crowd is going to be sad.

So yeah, dollars to donuts it's done the day before.

XplodingScorbord
07-22-2014, 03:29 PM
Put me in the camp of having the Saturday before the last game of the season being "Paul Konerko Day" Saturday night, could get a big crowd for him and a fireworks show after the game to make sure the majority of the crowd stays the whole time.

It'd be sad to see 14,000 people there on Konerkos last game on Sunday.

Of course it has to be Packers/Bears that day. I don't care, I'll be there in my Konerko jersey seeing Paulie play for the last time. I wouldn't miss it for anything.

CoopaLoop
07-22-2014, 03:35 PM
Definitely Konerko; Buehrle? Honestly, I'm not sure if they will.

No No, perfecto, started a world series game and saved one the next night. 7th in WAR, 4th in K's and 6th in wins for all time White Sox pitchers. Probably the best fielding pitcher the Sox ever had and a huge fan favorite.

Lock imo.

Milw
07-22-2014, 03:56 PM
No No, perfecto, started a world series game and saved one the next night. 7th in WAR, 4th in K's and 6th in wins for all time White Sox pitchers. Probably the best fielding pitcher the Sox ever had and a huge fan favorite.

Lock imo.

Faber: 1st in WAR, 2nd in wins, 2nd in innings, 3rd in strikeouts, 2nd in complete games, 3 wins in the World Series.

Retire #18 and then we can talk about retiring #56.

MeteorsSox4367
07-22-2014, 04:41 PM
Faber: 1st in WAR, 2nd in wins, 2nd in innings, 3rd in strikeouts, 2nd in complete games, 3 wins in the World Series.

Retire #18 and then we can talk about retiring #56.

You know who else wore #18?

Fella by the name of Bevington :D:

haganaga
07-22-2014, 04:54 PM
You know who else wore #18?

Fella by the name of Bevington :D:

It never ceases to amaze me that every time I hear/read that name, I just chuckle and shake my head. I'm having a crappy day at work and I needed that.

tebman
07-22-2014, 07:40 PM
You know who else wore #18?

Fella by the name of Bevington :D:

It never ceases to amaze me that every time I hear/read that name, I just chuckle and shake my head. I'm having a crappy day at work and I needed that.

:D:

:thumbsup:

BainesHOF
07-22-2014, 09:57 PM
For the record, Jim Kaat was the best fielding pitcher in Sox history.

Faber definitely needs his number retired. And Appling does need a statue.

I think you retire Konerko's number on the final day of the season. Saturday is the day when news gets the least noticed. The people who care about Konerko will be in the stands Sunday. You retire his number before the game, start him at first base and let him play the whole game.

WhiteSox5187
07-22-2014, 10:08 PM
Faber: 1st in WAR, 2nd in wins, 2nd in innings, 3rd in strikeouts, 2nd in complete games, 3 wins in the World Series.

Retire #18 and then we can talk about retiring #56.

I suspect that the reason 18 isn't retired is because the White Sox didn't start wearing numbers until 1931 (according to baseball-reference). Even then Faber only wore in '31 and '33, in 1932 he wore number 19.

Milw
07-22-2014, 11:19 PM
For the record, Jim Kaat was the best fielding pitcher in Sox history.

Faber definitely needs his number retired. And Appling does need a statue.

I think you retire Konerko's number on the final day of the season. Saturday is the day when news gets the least noticed. The people who care about Konerko will be in the stands Sunday. You retire his number before the game, start him at first base and let him play the whole game.

Wrong. Anyone who thinks the Sox would win a head-to-head with the Bears (vs the Packers no less!) is in serious denial. Speaking for myself: I'm a bigger Sox fan than Bears fan, and Konerko is my favorite Sox player ever, and I'd still choose the Bears game. It wouldn't even be a tough call for casual fans. Just being real.

Do it Saturday, though, and you'd sell it out. Easy call.

Wedema
07-23-2014, 12:50 AM
Wrong. Anyone who thinks the Sox would win a head-to-head with the Bears (vs the Packers no less!) is in serious denial. Speaking for myself: I'm a bigger Sox fan than Bears fan, and Konerko is my favorite Sox player ever, and I'd still choose the Bears game. It wouldn't even be a tough call for casual fans. Just being real.

Do it Saturday, though, and you'd sell it out. Easy call.


Wrong. You do it on the last day of the season regardless of anything else. No way that either day sells out though.

Milw
07-23-2014, 07:49 AM
Wrong. You do it on the last day of the season regardless of anything else. No way that either day sells out though.

Does Konerko deserve to have 100% of the Chicago media attention, or does he deserve to be relegated to the last 30 seconds of the local news and page 5 of the sports section? Because if you do it on Sunday, against Bears-Packers, it's a total afterthought to the vast majority.

The Yankees are retiring #2 on like Sept. 7 or something. Not sure why some here have this last-day-of-the-season fixation as if that's The Way It Has To Be.

MeteorsSox4367
07-23-2014, 09:29 AM
Does Konerko deserve to have 100% of the Chicago media attention, or does he deserve to be relegated to the last 30 seconds of the local news and page 5 of the sports section? Because if you do it on Sunday, against Bears-Packers, it's a total afterthought to the vast majority.

The Yankees are retiring #2 on like Sept. 7 or something. Not sure why some here have this last-day-of-the-season fixation as if that's The Way It Has To Be.

You're exactly right. If the Sox' ceremony for Konerko is on the same day as Bears-Packers, there will be more coverage in the papers regarding how Patrick Mannelly's successor as the Bears' long snapper is progressing than info and quotes from Konerko.

Shoot, there might be more stuff in the papers regarding the Cubs' minor-league players. Heaven forbid one or more of those guys are called up or already playing in the bigs.

At least on Saturday for Sunday's paper, the primary competition for space would be college football.

For what he's done for the Sox, Konerko deserves as much ink as possible.

Wedema
07-23-2014, 10:15 AM
Does Konerko deserve to have 100% of the Chicago media attention, or does he deserve to be relegated to the last 30 seconds of the local news and page 5 of the sports section? Because if you do it on Sunday, against Bears-Packers, it's a total afterthought to the vast majority.

The Yankees are retiring #2 on like Sept. 7 or something. Not sure why some here have this last-day-of-the-season fixation as if that's The Way It Has To Be.


Who cares about the media attention that we all know will never be 100% in this town. I can pretty much guarantee that PK can care less about the media attention. The ceremony will be for PK and the fans, not the media.

skobabe8
07-23-2014, 10:46 AM
What's the deal with #6? I know Beckham wanted it but it is "unofficially" retired?

#14 is obvious.

Not so sure about #56. I'm thinking no, unless he comes back for a couple of years.

Milw
07-23-2014, 10:59 AM
Who cares about the media attention that we all know will never be 100% in this town. I can pretty much guarantee that PK can care less about the media attention. The ceremony will be for PK and the fans, not the media.
You think fan attention (even specifically White Sox fan attention) will be as high during the middle of a Bears-Packers game as it would be the day before? News flash: Most Sox fans are Bears fans (not to mention a significant minority that are Packers fans), and at best their attention will be divided on Sunday. But on Saturday, the Sox are the only game in town.

Why not give Paulie the biggest audience possible? The biggest audience possible is going to be on Saturday the 27th. In fact, if you do it on Sunday the 28th, you're actually probably looking at the smallest audience possible, outside of doing it on a Tuesday afternoon or something.

XplodingScorbord
07-23-2014, 02:19 PM
I'm going to both games that weekend, so I don't really have a preference, I'll see whatever they do either way.

If White Sox fans, and Paul Konerko fans, can't be bothered to show up on a Sunday afternoon just because the Bears are playing the Packers, which they do twice a year every year, then the heck with 'em.

If they have tickets to the Bears game that's one thing, and that's fine, I get it. I wouldn't expect them to throw away money. And I certainly understand that the NFL trumps all, usually. To me this is rare enough to ignore the Bears for one day. I'll catch the highlights. It's Paul Freaking Konerko. It's the last time we'll see him play in Sox pinstripes.

Milw
07-23-2014, 03:01 PM
I'm going to both games that weekend, so I don't really have a preference, I'll see whatever they do either way.

If White Sox fans, and Paul Konerko fans, can't be bothered to show up on a Sunday afternoon just because the Bears are playing the Packers, which they do twice a year every year, then the heck with 'em.

If they have tickets to the Bears game that's one thing, and that's fine, I get it. I wouldn't expect them to throw away money. And I certainly understand that the NFL trumps all, usually. To me this is rare enough to ignore the Bears for one day. I'll catch the highlights. It's Paul Freaking Konerko. It's the last time we'll see him play in Sox pinstripes.
Packers at Bears is the most important date on the calendar of the city's most popular team. Hopefully Sox executives aren't so stubborn as to say "heck with" those of us who are fans of both the Sox and Bears, because there's no reason to make us choose when you can just as easily have the ceremony a day earlier. Konerko deserves the spotlight one last time, and the simple fact is that having his ceremony concurrent with Bears-Packers will rob him of it, and for no good reason.

XplodingScorbord
07-23-2014, 05:44 PM
Packers at Bears is the most important date on the calendar of the city's most popular team. Hopefully Sox executives aren't so stubborn as to say "heck with" those of us who are fans of both the Sox and Bears, because there's no reason to make us choose when you can just as easily have the ceremony a day earlier. Konerko deserves the spotlight one last time, and the simple fact is that having his ceremony concurrent with Bears-Packers will rob him of it, and for no good reason.

No, it robs YOU of it, not him. There'll be plenty of us there showing him the love.

And really, they'll probably do something both games that weekend, so there is likely nothing to worry about in that regard.

ChiSoxGirl
07-23-2014, 10:23 PM
I'm going to both games that weekend, so I don't really have a preference, I'll see whatever they do either way.

If White Sox fans, and Paul Konerko fans, can't be bothered to show up on a Sunday afternoon just because the Bears are playing the Packers, which they do twice a year every year, then the heck with 'em.

If they have tickets to the Bears game that's one thing, and that's fine, I get it. I wouldn't expect them to throw away money. And I certainly understand that the NFL trumps all, usually. To me this is rare enough to ignore the Bears for one day. I'll catch the highlights. It's Paul Freaking Konerko. It's the last time we'll see him play in Sox pinstripes.

I could not love this post more!!!!

chisoxfanatic
07-23-2014, 11:07 PM
You're exactly right. If the Sox' ceremony for Konerko is on the same day as Bears-Packers, there will be more coverage in the papers regarding how Patrick Mannelly's successor as the Bears' long snapper is progressing than info and quotes from Konerko.

Shoot, there might be more stuff in the papers regarding the Cubs' minor-league players. Heaven forbid one or more of those guys are called up or already playing in the bigs.

At least on Saturday for Sunday's paper, the primary competition for space would be college football.

For what he's done for the Sox, Konerko deserves as much ink as possible.
Maybe for the reason of college football being big on Saturdays, Friday might be a good option for the event instead of Saturday or Sunday. It's not like it's in the middle of the week, and they could maybe have the firework display set to a track selected by Paul Konerko himself.

I just don't miss Bears games, so I would be watching the Bears game 100% on Sunday. There are only 16 of them (plus 4 preseason, and hopefully playoffs), and they are my 2nd favorite team behind the Blackhawks. The only bit of a Bears game I will miss this season will be the first quarter of the game in Green Bay, because I have a ticket to the Blackhawks game that night.

Milw
07-24-2014, 07:09 AM
No, it robs YOU of it, not him. There'll be plenty of us there showing him the love.

And really, they'll probably do something both games that weekend, so there is likely nothing to worry about in that regard.

If stubborness is a good enough reason in your mind to have Konerko's ceremony in front of 13000 distracted fans, then so be it. I think he deserves better than that.

Golden Sox
07-24-2014, 09:27 AM
I'm beginning to wonder if the White Sox are going to do anything for Konerko this year. Maybe they'll wait until 2015. They might retire Konerkos number next year and have that ceremony with a Konerko statue day. I would think if the White Sox were going to do something for Konerko this year, they would of already announced it by now.

Domeshot17
07-24-2014, 09:29 AM
I'm beginning to wonder if the White Sox are going to do anything for Konerko this year. Maybe they'll wait until 2015. They might retire Konerkos number next year and have that ceremony with a Konerko statue day. I would think if the White Sox were going to do something for Konerko this year, they would of already announced it by now.

I think we will hear about it immediately after a big trade is made, take some of the sting out of selling a guy like Danks or Ramirez.

kittle42
07-24-2014, 09:33 AM
I think we will hear about it immediately after a big trade is made, take some of the sting out of selling a guy like Danks or Ramirez.

There's sting in that?

JB98
07-24-2014, 11:42 AM
I'm going to both games that weekend, so I don't really have a preference, I'll see whatever they do either way.

If White Sox fans, and Paul Konerko fans, can't be bothered to show up on a Sunday afternoon just because the Bears are playing the Packers, which they do twice a year every year, then the heck with 'em.

If they have tickets to the Bears game that's one thing, and that's fine, I get it. I wouldn't expect them to throw away money. And I certainly understand that the NFL trumps all, usually. To me this is rare enough to ignore the Bears for one day. I'll catch the highlights. It's Paul Freaking Konerko. It's the last time we'll see him play in Sox pinstripes.

Definitely. I'll be at USCF both Saturday and Sunday the last weekend of the season. Paul Konerko helped bring a World Series title to Chicago. What exactly has the current crop of Bears players brought to Chicago? A string of mediocre seasons highlighted by losses to the Packers? For all the hype the Bears get, they've won the same number of playoff games over the past eight years as the Sox: one. It would be one thing if the Bears were good, but they haven't shown me much over the past couple years.

That said, I think the Sox would be smart to do something for Konerko on Saturday instead of Sunday. Even if the Bears are winless going into that game against the Packers, it will still be treated as more important than Konerko's retirement in Chicago. Nothing will change that no matter what I say.

College football? It's worth noting that neither Northwestern nor Illinois has a home game on Sept. 27. I think I'll take going to a Sox game over staying home and watching Illinois get pounded by Nebraska. And, I think I'll take going to a Sox game over staying home and watching other football games in which I have no rooting interest.

Really, Konerko probably won't get his proper due until whenever the Sox decide to retire his number. It's unfortunate, but it is what it is.

Chez
07-24-2014, 12:06 PM
I usually go to the last home game of every season. It's frequently on a Sunday afternoon -- head-to-head with a Bears game. My recollection is that the Sunday afternoon game usually draws much better than the other games of the series (normally, it is Fan Appreciation Day).


I don't think holding Konerko Day on Friday or Saturday will increase attendance significantly. Whatever day of the week the Sox choose to honor Paulie, the game will likely draw between 17000 and 20,000 fans -- maybe fewer if the weather is bad. By late September, when their team is out of contention, the casual fan has turned the page on baseball season. The die-hards will attend regardless of the day of the week. Selfishly, I hope they honor Paulie on Sunday --I have tickets to that game, will attend to say good-bye and then watch the Bears highlights that night.

CoopaLoop
07-24-2014, 12:26 PM
I think we will hear about it immediately after a big trade is made, take some of the sting out of selling a guy like Danks or Ramirez.

I think they should announce it right after the deadline to take some of the sting out of not finding a sucker to take Danks!

beasly213
08-07-2014, 10:11 AM
Looks like September will have a lot of Konerko themed stuff going on.


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/konerko.jsp

DeadMoney
08-07-2014, 10:18 AM
Looks like September will have a lot of Konerko themed stuff going on.


http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/cws/ticketing/konerko.jsp

All of the "PK 14" stuff makes me thing one thing... That his number will absolutely be retired (which I've still never wavered on).

The lack of announcement on a number retirement though makes me wonder if they're going to push it off until early next season to try and get asses in the seats for an April game though (and be able to plan having former teammates/coaches in attendance). Then again, maybe they're just having internal debate about whether or not they'll do it on the the final Sunday of the year or some day prior (with the NFL being king on Sundays; and that specific Sunday being Bears/Packers).

#1swisher
08-07-2014, 10:21 AM
The month-long celebration includes the creation of "Club Konerko" in Sections 158 and 159 (total of 1,176 seats). "Club Konerko" includes the blue seat (Section 159, Row 7, Seat 4) where Konerko's grand slam landed during Game 2 of the 2005 World Series.

DeadMoney
08-07-2014, 10:32 AM
The month-long celebration includes the creation of "Club Konerko" in Sections 158 and 159 (total of 1,176 seats). "Club Konerko" includes the blue seat (Section 159, Row 7, Seat 4) where Konerko's grand slam landed during Game 2 of the 2005 World Series.

I'm really curious if having Season Tickets in 158 will allow our group to collect on the giveaways... Or if other STH will have the ability to collect on the giveaways.

Milw
09-28-2014, 12:40 AM
Wrong. You do it on the last day of the season regardless of anything else. No way that either day sells out though.

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