ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Paul Konerko became the 13th player in history to get 2,000 hits while a White Sox. What he liked most is that it tied the game. It also was like his first career hit, a line drive to the opposite field in right.
"It was nice to tie the game there [4-4] and you definitely want it in a winning fashion,'' Konerko said after the Sox lost 5-4 to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night. "It is what it is. I'm one of those guys where round numbers are nice and all, but you're always thinking about the next one. It would have been nice to win, but it wasn't in the cards.'
"I wish we could have turned it in our favor. It would have been a big win.''
One of Konerko's first thoughts after the hit was about Pete Rose.
"One of those where it's nice for your friends and family,'' Konerko said. "But when you get a hit like that, the first thing you think of is, how the hell did Pete Rose get 4,000 hits? That's the first thing. Or [Derek] Jeter [who recently passed 3,000]...you do this from the time you're a kid ..wife and kids...it just seems like you do it your whole life, and for someone to have 1,000 more hits or 2,000 more, it just seems like those guys are good.
"It's cool, it falls in the category of something you'll enjoy more when you're done playing. I'm glad it came when it was a meaningful hit in the game. It was a hitter's hit. It was a good hit. A line drive to right, like my first hit. It was cool, but another fight tomorrow.''
"Awesome,'' Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of the feat. "My God. The way he get it too, he means a lot to White Sox organization and baseball. One of pure hitters in baseball.''
The Sox are 6 1/2 games out but not finished, Konerko said, because they have six games left with Detroit.
"We got heads-to-heads left with some teams. We've got to hang in there and try to pick up when we can when we don't play them. And when we do play them, two out of three might not work. We might have to sweep somebody here and there to make this thing happen.''