CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko has a plethora of top-notch big league skills, but world-class speed is not one of them. Yet, there was the White Sox captain racing home from first base on A.J. Pierzynski's sixth-inning triple in Friday's 5-2 victory, barely beating a relay throw home from Tigers second baseman Ryan Raburn.
It was third-base coach Joe McEwing who forced the Tigers to make the perfect play at the plate by sending Konerko. And McEwing intends to be aggressive with his approach in sending runners, although that aggressiveness has spread across the White Sox baserunning approach under manager Robin Ventura.
"You want to push the envelope. You want teams to know you want to be aggressive," said McEwing, who played with the same high energy. "It puts a lot of pressure on defense when you are aggressive, baserunning-wise.
"We've done a real good job as a ballclub so far of guys going hard the whole time. That puts a lot of pressure on the defense and forces them to make mistakes at times."
McEwing gave Konerko credit for going hard the whole time into third. He also knew the game situation, how many outs there were and saw how far out Raburn had to go for the relay.
"He made a good throw, but you've got to take those chances," McEwing said. "We came out on the positive side."