Konerko: I Know My Role For 2014
Sports Fan Insider
(WSCR) In one of his more candid interviews, White Sox captain Paul Konerko opened up to 670 The Score on Thursday morning.
Konerko, who signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the White Sox, was open and honest about his role in 2014 and said he knows his days of starting 150-plus games are over.
“Like I said, if a team like the White Sox or any team was saying, ‘Listen, let’s forget about last year. (We) want you to come back and be the starting first baseman.’ I probably would have retired or searched for something more like this. I gotta be honest – I don’t think I can get out there for 140, 150 games anymore. It was just that time. I learned that over the last couple of years. It was just being honest about that.”
Coming back in a limited role is something that appealed to Konerko, who said he believes he can add value in a leadership role.
“I feel like I can help,” he said. “I know where (my teammates) are at as individuals and I feel like this role kind of frees me up at times to not be out there every day to maybe make a (different) impact. It’s not all about talent. It’s not all about having the physical talents. It’s more than that.”