Paul Konerko kicked off the scoring in the Chicago White Sox 3-2 win over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Friday with a solo home run in the first inning. In his next at-bat, Konerko would leave the game after getting hit in the face with a pitch from Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija.
Samardzija rather passionately the beanball wasn't intentional after the game, but the White Sox still exacted a measure of revenge by plunking Cubs slugging Bryan LaHair in his next at-bat.
LaHair didn't appreciate the gesture.
"I definitely felt like it was intentional," LaHair said. "They waited a whole inning, and then the first pitch was right at my head. I'm all right with getting hit. I understand. But you start getting around people's heads, that's kind of dangerous. It could be scary. I didn't get hurt or anything, so just kind of move on from it."
"Konerko gets hit, no matter where he gets hit, there's always going to be some kind of retaliation," he said. "Hit me. Just don't hit me in the head. They didn't. He missed, so it was good for me."
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