Konerko in awe of passing Ripken

Konerko in awe of passing Ripken
September 3, 2013, 11:30 am
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NEW YORK -- Paul Konerko doesn't usually reflect on milestone home runs other than to note "they're cool."

This one was just a little bit cooler.

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Sunday's home run, the 432nd of his career, carried a little more weight with the White Sox slugger.

The seventh-inning solo homer, one that landed in the second deck in left at Yankee Stadium, moved Konerko past one of his favorite all-time players, Cal Ripken Jr, and into 44th place in baseball history.

"As a kid growing up the beginning of my career was the end of my career, Konerko said. "He’s the model of how you want to do it out there. So that’s kind of cool. He played a long time. Being a shortstop puts in perspective his offensive capabilities and also playing short a little different than me. But any time you get mentioned with guys like that it’s a cool thing."