CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox will honor retiring captain Paul Konerko throughout the month of September with tributes and a special promotional calendar for fans for each of the month's 11 home games. The month-long festivities include the creation of "Club Konerko" in Sections 158 and 159 (total of 1,176 seats). "Club Konerko" includes the blue seat (Section 159, Row 7, Seat 4) where Konerko's grand slam landed during Game 2 of the 2005 World Series. Fans who purchase tickets in one of the two designated sections during the month of September will receive an exclusive Paul Konerko-themed collectible to be picked up at the Chicago Sports Depot before the game.
White Sox fans attending games in September also will have the opportunity to receive various Paul Konerko giveaway items in September. Konerko will be the featured player for the final "Free T-Shirt Monday" giveaway when the White Sox face Oakland on September 8. On Saturday, September 13 vs. Minnesota, the first 20,000 fans will receive a "Piece of Paulie" baseball card, a special trading card with a piece of a game-worn Paul Konerko uniform, presented by Wintrust Community Banks. An online overview of the additional giveaways in the month of September, along with ticket information on Club Konerko, is available at whitesox.com/Konerko.
"For our organization and for White Sox fans everywhere, Paul Konerko represents class, hard work and leadership," said White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. "Paul always has played for the love of the game and the competition. Honoring him during the final month of his career is only a small gesture of gratitude for a player who will go down as one of the greatest in White Sox history."
Paul Konerko has played 16 seasons with the White Sox. The six-time American League All-Star is the White Sox franchise leader in total bases (4,003). As of August 4, Konerko (432) was 16 homers behind Hall-of-Famer Frank Thomas (448) for the franchise record, while ranking third in hits (2,286) and doubles (405). The 38-year-old has seen 36,438 pitches at the plate throughout his major league career.
Tickets to all White Sox games are available online at whitesox.com, via phone at 866-SOX-GAME and in person at the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office.
All Club Konerko giveaways will be given to fans who purchase tickets in Sections 158 and 159, and must be picked up at Chicago Sports Depot before the 3rd inning of the game. The full list of Paul Konerko giveaways includes:
Monday, September 8 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. - "Free T-Shirt Monday" giveaway featuring Paul Konerko (First 20,000 fans)
Tuesday, September 9 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. - Club Konerko PK14 lapel pin
Wednesday, September 10 vs. Oakland at 7:10 p.m. -Club Konerko key ring and Paul Konerko souvenir cup
Thursday, September 11 vs. Oakland at 1:10 p.m. - Club Konerko drawstring bag
Friday, September 12 vs. Minnesota at 7:10 p.m. - Club Konerko green PK14 golf towel
Saturday, September 13 vs. Minnesota at 6:10 p.m. - Paul Konerko game-worn uniform baseball cards, presented by Wintrust Community Banks (First 20,000 fans)
Sunday, September 14 vs. Minnesota at 1:10 p.m. - Club Konerko Paul Konerko wall cling
Thursday, September 25 vs. Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. - Club Konerko commemorative Paul Konerko poster
Friday, September 26 vs. Kansas City at 7:10 p.m. - Club Konerko PK14 baseball cap
Saturday, September 27 vs. Kansas City at 6:10 p.m. - Club Konerko Paul Konerko mask
Sunday, September 28 vs. Kansas City at 1:10 p.m. - Club Konerko Paul Konerko t-shirt