Konerko congratulates Royals on season's success

Konerko congratulates Royals on season's success

CHICAGO -- Paul Konerko took time to recognize the Royals as he made his farewell address to White Sox fans during a ceremony before Saturday night's game.

The Royals lined the rail of the visitors' dugout and Konerko congratulated them for winning a postseason berth with their 3-1 win over the White Sox on Friday night.

"They should be very proud. They ended a long streak to get into the playoffs. This whole thing is keeping them from getting this game going, and I appreciate them being out here, number one, and having to change up their schedule," Konerko said.

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"Good luck to you guys. Represent the Central. You guys remind me of a team I played for once, so you guys can do it."

Konerko had said after Friday night's game that the Royals reminded him of the 2005 World Series champion White Sox.

"That team has a lot of the same makeup of the team that we won the World Series with. With their pitching and timely hitting, I feel like they have a real good shot to go a long ways," Konerko said then. "So, good for them. Enjoy it and happy for those guys."

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.