I love me some Paul Konerko.
Yes, I know he plays for the dastardly White Stockings of Chicago’s south side. Yes, I know he has enjoyed champagne with A.J. Pierzynski, Hawk Harrelson and Ozzie Guillen. That is truly reprehensible behavior for any man.
You know what though? I don’t give a damn. Because, I love me some Paul Konerko.
He has everything I want in a ballplayer. First of all, he is one of the few guys left in the league that is actually older than I am. It will be a sad day (and it is coming soon) when everyone in the MLB will be younger than I am. On that day, I will finally be forced to admit that I am a goofy old man. Ugh.
Second, he is tough. I personally watched him get hit in the face with pitch from Carl Pavano at New Comiskey in 2010. Did he cry about it? No, he took his “Pavstache” fastball in the kisser like a man and walked himself off of the field. (The fact that he took another one in the face last summer from Jeff Samardzija, just proves my point further.)
Third, he wears #14 and plays first base. You know who else wore #14 and played first base? That’s right! Kent “Two Rings” Hrbek, that’s fucking who.
I wanted to take some great shots of Paul Konerko as this may be his last series in Minnesota. This is as good as I could do. Forgive me Paulie, for you are awesome.
Minneapolis, MN 8.17.13