His tools were a first baseman's mitt and a bat, not a sledgehammer or a wrench. But Paul Konerko was the first person you wanted to see after clocking in on the job. Any job.
He wasn't ever just another guy, just another baseball player, but he carried himself like he could have been your mailman or auto mechanic -- not the guy facing Mariano Rivera with the game on the line. The deep connection that developed between Konerko and White Sox fans is the way baseball should be.
Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.