Ball and Chain

Ball and Chain

Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf holds the ball used in the final out of the World Series and presented to him by first baseman Paul Konerko during a celebration honoring the team Friday in downtown Chicago. Also pictured in Doug Mientkiewicz

(AP and Globe File Photos)

Konerko Gives Reinsdorf Last-Out Ball

"Getting this ball from Paul Konerko is the most emotional moment of my life." -- 10.28, White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf

Mientkiewicz Getting Sox Series Ball Back in January

"First of all he (Foulke) wasn’t going to throw it to me, I’m yelling at him, ‘throw me the ball!’ I want to be on Sports Illustrated too. He threw me the ball and I held on to it. I held onto the one when we won against the Yankees too. Derek had pitched such a good game, he’s gotta have that ball. I gave it to him after all that he had been through, and I was going to give him this one, and I thought, “this is crazy, I’m a baseball buff, it’s something I want to hang on to.” -- 1.7.05, Former Red Sox reserve Doug Mientkiewicz

"I'd have definitely liked to have it (World Series ball) back. When we got back to Boston, I asked him about it and I didn't get it. So that's the end of that. I didn't really think about it at the time. After he caught it, it was like there are other things going through my mind... I didn't get the ball and that's it." -- 2.16.05, Red Sox relief pitcher Keith Foulke

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