Sox give Konerko, Pierzynski a moment

CHICAGO -- There still remains a chance Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski will return to the Chicago White Sox in 2011, but just in case they don't, the free agents had a moment of their own Sunday.

As the team was poised to take the field for Sunday's season finale against the Cleveland Indians, their teammates stopped at the top step allowing Konerko and Pierzynski to take the field alone. Public address announcer Gene Honda called out both players' names and they tipped their caps from their position.

The rest of the team then took the field.

Konerko, who had two hits Sunday, will try to keep all emotions out of his search for a new contract this offseason, saying that he won't consider the White Sox any more or less than any other team.

"I really have just no opinion on it," said Konerko, who was greeted with chants of "Paulie, Paulie, Paulie" when he came to the plate. "I have no idea what to think. I'm as up in the air as any of you people are. I have no feeling whether I'll be here, or pick any team out of a hat and I would have no feeling if I could be there, either. We'll see how it develops and once the phone starts ringing, hopefully the phone starts ringing, we'll see what happens. I really don't know.

"In 2005, things were much more ... you could figure it out more. This time, not really. It's so up in the air and I have no clue, other than I know that whatever comes my way I'll handle. It's kind of exciting, kind of scary at the same time."

Asked about his own free-agent status, Pierzynski ended up talking about Konerko.

"You never know what the future holds," Pierzynski said. "You never know what the market's going to be. But at the same time, when you've had the career that Paul's had, when you look at what he's done, there should be teams lining up to get his services.

"Personally, I'd be disappointed if Paul Konerko wasn't a White Sox next year, for all he's done and for the contributions not only to the team but to the community and everything's he's done around here. If he's not back here next year, there's something wrong. For all he's done and what he means to this team and to the people around here, it would be very disappointing."

Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.