Anderson Lock’s Sales Manager, Jim Walsh, threw out the first pitch just before Paul Konerko was honored at U.S. Cellular Field on Saturday, September 27, 2014. It was a beautiful night for baseball! Fans filled the stadium for only the third time this season, and the Kansas City Royals were ready to play. But, after White Sox pitcher Chris Bassitt caught Jim’s ball, and before the teams took the field, an emotional, ceremonious, fond farewell was bid to the retiring Chicago White Sox Team Captain, Paul Konerko.
Konerko was celebrated for 16 fabulous, face-of-the-franchise years. He won a World Series in Chicago, hit a grand slam in a World Series, won an ALCS MVP Award, and played in six All-Star games. A statue in his likeness was heralded with fireworks and unveiled with the release of dozens of white and black balloons. His jersey number will never be worn again. The game itself was exciting, too, as the Sox beat the Royals with a 5 – 4 score.
Stanley representatives invited Cortney Wascher, Anderson Lock president, to throw the first pitch. She shared the honor with Jim, and joined him on the field, in the Stanley Security Solutions sponsorship spotlight. Stanley is the parent company of Best Access Systems, and Anderson Lock employees were guests of Best in the Stanley Suites.
Thank you, Mike Robinson, Stanley Life Safety Hardware Consultant / Mechanical Access Solutions, for hosting us on such an awesome night. An added bonus was a visit to the Stanley Suite by a former White Sox player, Ron Kittle, who graciously posed for dozens of photos. A signed baseball from him is displayed in our office next to the one Jim pitched across home plate.