Paul Konerko likes Fenway Park but not the Red Sox
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter July 8, 2014 10:15PM
Updated: July 9, 2014 2:23AM
BOSTON — White Sox captain Paul Konerko was born in Providence, R.I., so he has feelings for Fenway Park. But they’re not off the charts.
‘‘It’s up there,’’ said Konerko, who is taking pictures and soaking in ballparks for the last time in his final season. ‘‘I went to games here when I was a kid, but I don’t sense any emotion coming out.’’
Konerko said he wasn’t a Red Sox fan as a kid.
‘‘Yankee fan,’’ he said. ‘‘I grew up around a lot of Red Sox fans, but in our house we weren’t allowed to like Boston teams. All New York — Rangers, Giants. No room for any Boston teams.’’
Konerko, who is batting .228 with five home runs and 19 RBI as a part-time player, drove in the final run of the Sox’ 8-3 victory Tuesday with a pinch ground-rule double in the ninth inning. He is expected to start in the series finale Thursday against Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester.
Through a Sox spokesman, general manager Rick Hahn, who is in Boston with the team, said there is no substance to the rumor that he is listening to trade offers for left-hander Chris Sale.
While there’s no reason Hahn shouldn’t listen, it’s doubtful a team would be willing to part with what Hahn would demand in return.
This and that
Sox starting pitchers had a 0.72 ERA the last time through the rotation and entered play Tuesday with a 2.59 ERA in their last 14 games, the best mark in the American League and the fourth-best in baseball during that span.
◆ Third baseman Conor Gillaspie returned from a day off after being hit on the knee by a pitch Sunday. He singled, doubled and hit a two-run home run in his first three at-bats.
The last word
Slugger Adam Dunn, when asked what makes Sale special: ‘‘To me, it’s the prison tattoo on his back that no one gets to see. Y’all should show that. It’s special. It’s good. That, to me, stands out.’’