Who would you want back from the '05 Sox?

Who would you want back from the '05 Sox?
January 31, 2012, 8:58 pm
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Only two players from the 2005 White Sox remain on the team's roster heading into spring training: A.J. Pierzynski and Paul Konerko.

CSN's Chuck Garfien asked the pair of champions who they would like to have back from that 2005 team. Of course, both would probably be okay with Mark Buehrle, and their responses weren't meant to slight anybody. But both responses serve as interesting.

Konerko told Garfien he would go with Juan Uribe as someone who would be good for the team and be fun to hang around again.

"He'd probably be both, but I got to have him around at all times if I could," Konerko said. "He's just a great teammate and a fun guy to have around.

"When you ask players questions like that, we never think about how he'd help the team. We only think of guys you want on the team and hang around with. Jon Garland would be up there."

Garfien then jokingly asked Konerko about Carl Everett, to which the first baseman responded:

"Carl would be the guy as far as helping the team because Carl was a great help to that team. He was a mean guy out there. I think his attitude kind of caught on with everybody else, so he might be a guy you bring back. We became a better team when he came on as far as our killer instinct. When Carl was between the lines he was a mean individual, which was good."

As for Pierzynski, he went a different direction.

"Everyone expects me to say Rowand just because we are still very good friends," Pierzynski said. "I think I'd probably go with someone who had a career year like a Neal Cotts or Cliff Politte just because what they did for that one year when they were so good for that one whole year and then the post-season. It's cool to see how guys can have that one year where everything comes together and it works out and it leads to something special in the end."

Personally, in terms of players I enjoyed watching, Uribe and Everett would be right up there. Uribe's cannon arm was great, as were his palms whenever he really connected with a pitch. And Everett was just a bad dude on the field -- the two home runs he hit against Kyle Lohse on April 18, 2005, stand out in my mind.

So who would you like to have back? Let us know in the comments and vote in the poll. We're excluding Buehrle, because realistically, no other player would have a shot in a poll against him. So think of it as "player other than Buehrle" poll.