Considering his three-year, $37.5 million contract is up at the end of the season, and considering he recently celebrated his 37th birthday, Paul Konerko could be nearing the end of his brilliant run with the White Sox. But the regular season is close enough to dissuade Konerko from talking about himself. As for the Sox as a team, always a preferred topic, Konerko was as expansive as ever. Simply put, the captain said there is no reason why the White Sox can't repeat last year's surprising showing, when they went 85-77 and led the AL Central by 3 games with 15 to play before running out of steam and missing the playoffs. "It's obviously tough to say right now because it usually takes a couple months into the season before you can start to get a feel for what you've got," Konerko said. "But we just feel like we're picking up where we left off last year as far as the way we're doing things and the way everybody is going about things. "The vibe, the culture, it also feels like an extension of last year, and I think that's a good thing." There is a familiar feel in the Sox' clubhouse this spring. Third baseman Jeff Keppinger is new, and so is middle reliever Matt Lindstrom. But every other player expected to break camp on the 25-man roster Wednesday was in a White Sox uniform at some point of the 2012 season. "I don't even count (catcher Tyler) Flowers as new because he was on the team last year," said Konerko, who ranks among Cactus League leaders with a .385 batting average, 5 home runs, 12 RBI and a .712 slugging percentage. "It feels just like a continuation of last year in the sense of everybody jelling together and doing everything it takes to be good like that.
Paul Konerko sees good things ahead for White Sox
Daily Herald | Mar 24