Aahh, it's the main event, and at strangely perfect timing. By the time I finish this sucker, it'll be November 23rd, the deadline for teams to offer arbitration will be at hand, and we'll be significantly closer to finding out what the hell the best player on the 2010 White Sox is going to do.
I don't think it's a stretch to say that 2010 was the best season of Paul Konerko's career, but it was also the most remarkable, because it drastically changed so many things about the 2010 season.
-Paulie propped up what had the chance to be a really bad offense, and dragged the Sox into contention.
-For whatever reason (one camp might say 'random chance', the other would cite "testicular fortitude"), Konerko found himself hitting a glut of 'clutch' home runs, making this perhaps his most memorable regular season.
-Konerko transformed what would have probably gone down as a very good, very long, and very distinguished White Sox career into a great one.
-Previously absurd notions of a Hall-of Fame entrance now have credence
-Paulie's fate of spending the next few years being a veteran bat for hire will instead feature one more big contract
-The rather easy decision to say goodbye to our old, creaking and deteriorating former World Series hero at the end of his big emotion-driven contract has transformed into the biggest dilemma of the off-season
Stat Line: .312 BA, .393 OBP, .584 SLG, .977 OPS, 89 R, 30 2B, 39 HR, 111 RBI, 72 BB, 110 SO, -13.4 UZR, .415 wOBA, 4.2 WAR
What did we expect?: Nothing rash. PK is great and all, but he had spent the last three seasons in some sort of slow state of decline just gradual enough that no one was feeling particularly regretful about his $12 million salary....provided he left after this season and rode off into the sunset...in Arizona