MILWAUKEE — The Oakland A’s were in free fall and Jeff Samardzija had just watched his seven shutout innings go to waste during a 2-1 loss to the White Sox.
The news desk wanted a TV sound bite to file away for all the year-end specials, so the reporter had to ask about Paul Konerko’s legacy on the South Side. At a time when Samardzija could have been seething over another no-decision — and the frustrated A’s had to be wondering if they’d even make the playoffs — he talked for 55 seconds straight.
Almost 200 words spilled out.
“It should be up there with those guys like Harold Baines and Carlton Fisk and Ron Kittle, if not above that,” Samardzija said on Sept. 10. “Paulie’s one of the best and he’s one of my favorite players I’ve ever played against. It’s real sad to see him hang it up, but what a way to go out. His career numbers and all the success he had, there’s really not much left to be said about him. He’s outstanding.”
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