But when talk of Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown chase came up Tuesday, the White Sox captain cut right to the heart of the matter.
"He's the best in the world right now. He's a tremendous hitter," said Konerko. "He's so good it's not even funny."
Konerko went on to say that Cabrera is the American League Most Valuable Player, even though he described Mike Trout as "awesome" and "definitely deserves to be there over what he's done in five months." Konerko would like to see Cabrera win batting average, home runs and RBIs outright, something White Sox iconic television play-by-play announcer Ken "Hawk" Harrelson watched Carl Yastrzemski do in 1967 as his Red Sox teammate.
Harrelson raves about the player and character that is Yastrzemski. He had the same strong praise for the Tigers' third baseman.
"In the last quarter of a century, maybe further than that, the three smartest hitters coming into this league have been Frank Thomas, the first eight years he was here, he was the best right-handed hitter I ever saw, Manny Ramirez and Miguel Cabrera," Harrelson said. "Cabrera is the best hitter in the game."