CHICAGO – White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko is a baseball player first and foremost.
But Konerko is also an avid hockey fan and played the sport until he was about 16 years old. Konerko said it’s been a dream of his to attend a Game 7, and thanks to a friend, he secured Blackhawks tickets for tonight’s Game 7 against the Detroit Red Wings.
The Sox’s game at Wrigley Field against the Cubs starts at 1:20 p.m., which should give Konerko plenty of time to get to the United Center before the puck drops. However, rain is in the forecast.
“Hopefully, we don’t do anything stupid like have an extra-inning game or any rain delays [today],” Konerko said. “Let’s keep our fingers crossed there.”
Jones’ rough stretch: Reliever Nate Jones would prefer to forget about his past 10 outings.
Jones, who was excellent out of the bullpen during his rookie season last year, hasn’t come close to replicating his success. The 27-year-old right-hander has allowed 17 runs (15 earned) in 131/3 innings in his previous 10 appearances resulting in a 10.31 ERA.
“I feel good every time I go out there,” Jones said. “It’s just this year running into bad luck. Also again, we’re pitching against big league teams. They’re going to hit the ball.”
Manager Robin Ventura said Jones will get an opportunity to fix his problems, but Jones’ ineffectiveness takes away a late-inning option until he figures out how to hit his locations.
“You just have to continue to have him go out there and maybe find it to get that confidence back of being able to get ahead, throwing strikes at the right times,” Ventura said. “He has that in him, we’ve seen it.”
Peavy remembers Yocum: Los Angeles Angels team orthopedist, Dr. Lewis Yocum, one of the most well-known practitioners in sports medicine, died Saturday from liver cancer.
Yocum, 65, saved many baseball careers through his surgical procedures and consultation, including Sox pitcher Jake Peavy. Peavy met Yocum a few times during his stint in San Diego and also consulted with him after Peavy tore his lat muscle in 2010.
“He was very straightforward but very gentle in the way he went about talking to you because he understood the situation,” Peavy said. “He was very personal, I think, with each individual, no matter how big the name was or small the name was, or how minute the injury was or how major the injury was.”