Jun 18, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Paul Konerko (14) hits a single in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
2. Paul Konerko
It was tempting to put Paul Konerko at #1 on this list. Instead, he’ll have to deal with being the most hated hitter the Indians and the fans have ever had to worry about. That should help give you an idea of who might be #1.
As for Konerko, he has made a career out of demoralizing the Indians. Having spent the majority of his career with the White Sox, he has certainly had more than his fair share of opportunities. In 239 games and 1014 plate appearances he has put together a respectable .276/.352/.492 slash line. He’s also hit 48 home runs, 11% of his 434 career home runs, 177 RBI, and 124 runs scored. If Paul Konerko comes to bat with runners on base, or God help us with the bases loaded, we’ve all come to expect the worst. He seems like a good guy, at least more so than his former teammate, A.J. Pierzynski, but it’s the things that he has done on the field that have casued him to become a massive thorn in our sides.
The one bright spot is that the nightmare is almost over. Konerko agreed to a one-year deal with the White Sox and plans to retire following the 2014 season. As long as he decides not to change his mind or the White Sox don’t try to convince him otherwise, Paul Konerko’s reign of terror against the Indians looks like it is finally going to come to an end. It can’t get here fast enough.