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Paul Konerko's baseball career is a tale of excellence
Paul Konerko's baseball career is a tale of excellence

It is a slur, a slam, a label that carries the air of disparagement. When the Cooperstown debates flare anew each winter, candidates who do not measure up in the eye of the beholder are dismissed with these words: "It is the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of Very Good." We come today to celebrate the Hall of Very Good. For every 100 players, one makes the Hall of Fame. But no team wins with one player alone. It is the best of the rest, the stars who are not superstars, that we take this opportunity to salute. We do it today as Paul Konerko plays his final game in Southern California. This is the year of the Derek Jeter farewell tour, and the Angels presented Jeter with a custom...

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