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Old 07-30-2019, 02:05 PM
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Default The Athletic: Pete Alonso a Paul Konerko fan

Nice to see one of the game's bright young stars talk so highly of a White Sox legend that's largely unheralded elsewhere.
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Old 07-30-2019, 09:50 PM
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Paul Konerko, Mark Buehrle, Jim Thome, Jermaine Dye, Frank Thomas, Harold Baines, etc. Iíd argue that following the white Sox players over the years can teach you a lot both on and off the field. Iíve been lucky in my lifetime to see class acts and major league talent.
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Old 07-30-2019, 10:40 PM
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Pete Alonso is a great kid. He played here for the Northwoods League Madison Mallards, and you could see the lightning in his bat. By all accounts a quality teammate. It's cool he acknowledges Paulie.
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Konerko was always glad to let over hyped ego maniac players get the attention. Just not in his nature to be anything other than a team first player, a hard worker and an excellent hitter which is something Alonso has picked up on.

But as a Sox fan, I can believe how close it seemed to be losing Konerko. He was an All Star in 2002 but his 2003 season was brutal. He wasn't hitting, the Sox were good...Sox were actually 2 games in first place on September 9th but Konerko was in a total funk all year.

I would be interested to see what Konerko had to say about his 2003 season compared to his 2004 season. In 2003 he hit 18 homeruns, in 2004 he hit 41. That's a turnaround!
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Konerko was always glad to let over hyped ego maniac players get the attention. Just not in his nature to be anything other than a team first player, a hard worker and an excellent hitter which is something Alonso has picked up on.

But as a Sox fan, I can believe how close it seemed to be losing Konerko. He was an All Star in 2002 but his 2003 season was brutal. He wasn't hitting, the Sox were good...Sox were actually 2 games in first place on September 9th but Konerko was in a total funk all year.

I would be interested to see what Konerko had to say about his 2003 season compared to his 2004 season. In 2003 he hit 18 homeruns, in 2004 he hit 41. That's a turnaround!
We have a different memory of Paul Konerko who repeatedly went to the press to call out teammates - something that is not common in any sport at all.

Don't get me wrong, I think Konerko was a great player and represented the team just fine, but he had more rough edges than you are allowing for.
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We have a different memory of Paul Konerko who repeatedly went to the press to call out teammates - something that is not common in any sport at all.

Don't get me wrong, I think Konerko was a great player and represented the team just fine, but he had more rough edges than you are allowing for.

I don't recall Konerko calling out teammates in the press let alone repeatedly. Are there specific events that you are referencing? Maybe from that era I blanked them out, especially once Ozzie showed up. I just can't think of anything specific or anything that memorable.
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I don't recall Konerko calling out teammates in the press let alone repeatedly. Are there specific events that you are referencing? Maybe from that era I blanked them out, especially once Ozzie showed up. I just can't think of anything specific or anything that memorable.
There was a comment Paulie made after Royce Clayton made an error (while playing for another team) that gift-wrapped a win for the Sox. After the game PK stated to a reporter that Clayton was the best defensive shortstop he had ever played with (or words to that effect). Some interpreted that comment as a slap in the face to Juan Uribe and/or Jose Valentin. I didn't take it that way -- I thought Konerko was simply being kind to a former teammate who had just booted away a game. Not surprisingly, it was debated ad nauseum on this board! You were around. Remember?
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There was a comment Paulie made after Royce Clayton made an error (while playing for another team) that gift-wrapped a win for the Sox. After the game PK stated to a reporter that Clayton was the best defensive shortstop he had ever played with (or words to that effect). Some interpreted that comment as a slap in the face to Juan Uribe and/or Jose Valentin. I didn't take it that way -- I thought Konerko was simply being kind to a former teammate who had just booted away a game. Not surprisingly, it was debated ad nauseum on this board! You were around. Remember?
I just searched for, and re-read, that old thread. Wow, was it epic! (Just never mind who started it.)
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We have a different memory of Paul Konerko who repeatedly went to the press to call out teammates - something that is not common in any sport at all.

Don't get me wrong, I think Konerko was a great player and represented the team just fine, but he had more rough edges than you are allowing for.
I think thatís the fairest and most accurate description. Some of those rough ages have eroded with time, as we look back on a much more successful era of White Sox baseball. It sure was dramatic at the time, though!
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I just searched for, and re-read, that old thread. Wow, was it epic! (Just never mind who started it.)
That thread is amazing to look back on. Especially considering it was in June 2005 and the amount of posters that couldn't stand Paulie and were hoping he would be gone following the season.
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I just searched for, and re-read, that old thread. Wow, was it epic! (Just never mind who started it.)
Was my memory of the issue accurate?
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The Mets are a good guilty pleasure team in that they also occupy a similar status in their hometown.

I like watching Alonso play and that he has that much respect for Konerko is very cool IMO.

Hope Alonso keeps kicking ass. I wish him well.
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Old 08-12-2019, 02:35 PM
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Konerko had a some controversial moments early on in his White Sox career starting with a few comments about Thomas that maybe should have stayed out of the newspapers and then continuing off and on through that Clayton issue in early 2005.

I don't really remember anything else like that after the all-star break in 2005, so I think it's pretty easy to understand why a lot of that is forgotten when the last 9 years of his career were controversy-free.
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