The End of Era: Saying Goodbye to Paul Konerko

Paul Konerko at his best. (Photo: Louis DeLuca)

Paul Konerko at his best. (Photo: Louis DeLuca)


Chicago, IL – So he is retiring after this weekend. He is retiring as an all-star, as a playoff MVP and most important as a champion. He’s been around for sixteen seasons in the American League of Major League Baseball. No he is NOT a Yankee and he is not Derek Jeter. But he none other than our southside first baseman Paul Konerko.


I’m no Chicago White Sox aficionado. Yeah I know my baseball history, still play fantasy baseball (which I took 3rd this out of 10 teams to be in the money) and go to White Sox games but the sport has such a dense history that it truly is impossible to know all there is to know. I grew up more of a Cubs fan. I never disliked the Sox at all. In fact I went to quite a few games games at the original Comiskey Park. That of the old exploding scoreboard, roofed upper decks, left field patio areas and golden box seats. South siders know. I know they know.

Joup’s Friday Album (ahem): Television Marquee Moon

Television Marquee Moon

Television – Marquee Moon

Joup Friday Album: Doves – Lost Souls

Doves - Lost Souls (UK - Heavenly : US - Astralwerks)

Doves – Lost Souls (UK – Heavenly : US – Astralwerks)

Joup Friday Album – Eminen – Marshall Mathers LP 2

Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (images courtesy of Interscope records)

Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (images courtesy of Interscope records)

Joup Friday Album: JD McPherson – Signs and Signifiers

JD McPherson - Signs and Signifiers

JD McPherson – Signs and Signifiers

Joup Friday Album – Ambulance LTD

Ambulance LTD - self titled (TVT Records)

Ambulance LTD – self titled (TVT Records)

So the Magic 8-Ball has it, as Chester so eloquently discovered last week. Read more about his pick Clinic HERE. Great choice and really got me to thinking about digging back to the past a bit – to the year 2004. F@#k, has it really been 10 years? Yes, yes it has and yet as I listen to the YouTube clips I really think this group is still as fresh as it was then. So what I found on YouTube is a piecemeal playlist of the album but nearly every track is there as well as others from EPs. Heading to the Clinic? Maybe you should take Ambulance LTD.

Joup Friday (Err…Saturday) Feature Album: Brigitte Bardot Sings

Brigitte Bardot Sings (Phillips)

Brigitte Bardot Sings (Phillips)

So I’ve been staying in Logan Square in Chicago. Been subletting from my very good friend Liz whom is now in Oakland, CA running the wonderful conservatory Mynah Music. You can read my interview with her about Mynah here.

She’s a wonderful musician, accomplished in violin, piano and even guitar. I’m lucky enough to have an apartment that has a turntable and a great selection of international music. I’ve added to that collection thanks to Reckless Records in Wicker Park. But Liz had a hidden little jem by one Brigitte Bardot. Yeah, that Brigette Bardot, you know…And God Created Woman. Probably every man (especially French men) in the late 50s and early 60s dreamed about her and every woman…well I can’t really speak for them. She was though, an original “supermodel.” Truly.

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