VIDEO: Paul Konerko Is The Biggest Bad Ass In Sports
Paul Konerko is a throw back to the sports days of old. he doesn’t guarantee championships, argue with his coach, taunt other players, show off or brag. The Chicago White Sox’s ageless slugger, is not only a baseball star, he is a role model.
In an age that has seen its hero’s go from Lou Gehrig saying he felt like the luckiest man alive to LeBron James guaranteeing 6 championships, it is pretty comforting to see a blue collar guy like Konerko killing the league at age 36. “Pauly” ,as the South-Siders call him, embodies the values of the South Side of Chicago. He is humble, quiet, simple and tough and he is hard to take out.
For the second time in his career he has recently been hit in the face with a 90mph+ fastball and come back off the canvas swinging. The last time it happened he stayed in the game and hit a laser into left-center on the next pitch he saw. This time it was a bit more serious after Jeff Samardzija drilled him in the eye causing bleeding. However the results are the same, he is crushing every pitch he is seeing.
Though it is VERY early in the season, he appears headed toward an MVP caliber year. Konerko has produced base hits at a clip beyond baseball’s hottest early-season slugger Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers and nobody seems to talk about him, which is just the way Pauly likes it.
He has recently taken his game to a new level, going 34-for-67 with five home runs and 13 RBIs in his past 20 games, that’s a .507 batting average. Konerko’s numbers are impressive sure, but his demeanor is even more so.
All MVP talks aside for a minute, Pauly is the best PROFESSIONAL in professional sports. The way he conducts himself on and off the field should be commended and recognized. What other player would take blows like this and get right back up without even looking at the pitcher? Not many. His actions speak louder than his words ever could and most of the time he doesn’t have a whole lot to say.
Take note kids, this is the way a professional handles himself.