Paul Konerko continued to cement his name in the White Sox record books, and by starting in Friday's 9-3
win over the Cleveland Indians, is now third all-time in games played, surpassing Frank Thomas with 1,960.
The team captain already hit his 400th career homer back on April 25, and then passed Eddie Collins for
fourth in Sox history with 2,009 hits on May 4.
His resume so far this season reads not only like an All-Star, but also an early MVP candidate. Konerko
entered the game against Cleveland, first in average with .384, first in on-base percentage at .462, second
in slugging with .649 and third in hits with 58. He then went 1-for-4 in the win.
"He's been doing great," manager Robin Ventura said. "You just kind of leave him alone. The career he's
been having, especially as of late, it's pretty special. Like a wine, you just leave it alone and just
One thing Ventura has been helping Konerko with has been getting him rest by starting Adam Dunn at first
base more often than last season, allowing Konerko to be a designated hitter and only have to worry about
Konerko had battled a thumb problem, as well as issues with his back the past three seasons, so this has
been a way to keep that in check and keep Konerko on the field.
As far as Konerko's take on what he's doing this season, and what he's been doing the last four years in
a Sox uniform, he remains the wrong guy to ask about that.
"It's tough not to see them, to see the numbers," Konerko said. "There are numbers everywhere, but I
don't look for them by choice. Sometimes you just look up and there they are on the TV. It doesn't change
what I'm going to do when I get out there.
"There's nothing in it for me. Number are everything you've done up to this point, good or bad."
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