South Side hit man
When Paul Konerko hit his 400th home run earlier this season, not many beyond Chicago took notice. In the national media, Konerko is a forgotten man—one of the best first basemen of his generation and yet one of the most widely overlooked.
Konerko is no greenhorn. He’s working on his 16th season in the majors and has collected five All-Star selections as well as a World Series trophy. It takes more than a good month to get him excited. But as we near the midway point in a year of lost causes for the Cubs, Hawks and Bulls, with only the White Sox still worthy of our cheers, we can—and should—marvel at the season Konerko is piecing together.
As most sluggers break down with age, Konerko, at 36, is enjoying his finest run in the big leagues. He not only makes it look easy, he makes it sound easy, too.
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