CHICAGO -- The televisions in the cramped visitors' clubhouse at Wrigley Field were split between the World Cup, and footage of the downtown Chicago parade celebrating the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup championship. Five players still remain from the White Sox 2005 World Series championship team -- Paul Konerko, Mark Buehrle, A.J. Pierzynski, Bobby Jenks and Freddy Garcia.
And memories of the 2.5 million people celebrating the South Siders' momentous accomplishment live on for those individuals.
"Yeah, it was a great day," Konerko said. "Of all the stuff that happened that season, that was the biggest surprise, and the coolest thing, probably. It was. Hopefully they enjoyed it like we did. It was a great way to cap off a great season, so congratulations to those guys. It something they won't forget for the rest of their lives."
"I'd like to do that again here," Pierzynski said. "It brings back a lot of memories. It's as good as it gets."
Konerko didn't buy into the theory that the Hawks' celebration deflected attention from the Chicago baseball teams' losing. But it did produce one benefit.
"It definitely creates more space in here, which is nice," said Konerko, referring to much of the Chicago media covering the Blackhawks on Friday.