Weigh in Sox fans: Want Konerko back in 2014?
Had a great talk with Paul Konerko this afternoon before the White Sox opened a three-game series against the Twins.
The Sox’ long-time captain was typically insightful, particularly when talking about the franchise’s worst season since 1970.
Read more in tomorrow’s paper, but here is a sample of what Konerko thinks of the White Sox’ 58-91 season:
“These seasons happen,” he said. “Next year, there will probably be some other team that has to deal with this. Every year there seems to be a team or two - one in each league - that just, the season won't let you in. That's been us.”
I respect Konerko’s decision to wait until after the season before deciding if he’s going to play again next year or retire. His contract with the Sox is up at the end of this season.
But without asking the 37-year-old first baseman/DH if he’s made a decision (he hasn’t), I did ask Konerko if a potential 100-loss season will motivate him to come back and play another year. I also flipped it and asked Konerko if a potential 100-loss season will drive him straight to retirement.
“When the time comes to go over it all, everything's in play,” Konerko said.
Konerko has been dealing with a back issue this season, so health might be a determining factor. His numbers (.247, 11 home runs, 51 RBI) are well below his career standards, and he will be 38 next season.
We’ll wait out Konerko’s decision but here’s a two-part question for White Sox fans:
-Do you think Konerko will play in 2014? If so, will he play for the Sox?